The work of artist Ruben Ireland is stark. Clean. His pieces read like portraits of unknown saints. Heroes. Women as mystics. Ireland’s portraits are severe, his subjects still in a trance of calm.
These are characters of fantasy, imagined from a similar world as something from director Tarsem Singh. You can feel the narrative, as if these characters just walked off of a battlefield and into the artist’s studio.
Ireland has captured the same feeling as the first portraits of the Native Americans, subjects unknowing of the stranger with the camera. A new world.
His women are beautiful and slight. There’s a strange strength and sadness to them, like holy men alone on a mountain.
The see more of Ruben Ireland’s work or to buy a print check out his Society6 page.