The Bertillon System Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Bertillon System Original Mixed Media Painting

1,900.00

24x30 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper, kraft paper on stained birch panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features the Bertillon System. Alphonse Bertillon was a French police officer who invented a system of physical measurements to identify criminals called the Bertillon System. This was the first scientific system used by police for identification. Before that, only names and photographs were used. Bertillon revolutionized and standardized an important part of forensic science. His system was eventually supplanted by fingerprinting in the early 1900's.

The Bertillon System was created using only three colors of acrylic paint, which gives the work a monochromatic theme of warm greys and creams. Overall, it has the feel of a tattered black and white photograph steeped in history. The long-limbed character was crafted using hundreds of hand-torn bits of kraft paper collaged on top of watercolor paper and painted with acrylic wash. This unique process brings the character to life and makes the forgotten job the focal point of the painting. The technology or innovation which ultimately led to the job becoming obsolete, the fingerprinting system, is included in the painting. See an illustrated guide of my process here.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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