‘Portrait of Rifah’ – Fifty Children Fifty Artists

When first meeting Rifah in November last year I was immediately struck by her quietness and poise. From the outset I drew inspiration from the wonderful veiled female portraits of Rogier van der Weyden and Robert Campin, paintings which demonstrate a beautiful stillness and intimacy. The small-scale and focus entirely on the head as seen in Rifah’s portrait is influenced by these Flemish painters.

During our first sitting I worked on a drawing which enabled me to establish both the scale and composition. Straight away I was reminded of my series of Egyptian portraits of female friends in Luxor, and enjoying once again how the shape of the face is framed by the headscarf.


'Portrait of Rifah'  oil on linen (2014)

‘Portrait of Rifah’
oil on linen (2014)

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3 Responses to ‘Portrait of Rifah’ – Fifty Children Fifty Artists

  1. Susan Wilton says:

    Super Adele!

    Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:22:42 +0000 To: susanwilton@hotmail.com

  2. sonia lewis says:

    I can see why you were drawn to her – a veiled expression difficult to know how she feels.

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