We’ve just recently stumbled across Brooklyn artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh here at Paste Design, and we think her work is pretty inspired. Fazlalizadeh has created an ongoing series of pop culture portraits that are not only startlingly realistic, but also capture the essence of the performers and public figures they depict. (Please see Amy Winehouse’s troubled stare to understand what we mean.)
If you paid attention to the Stop Telling Women to Smile project, you may already be familiar with Fazlalizadeh without knowing it. Created in Brooklyn in 2012, STWTS features portraits of women captioned with empowering statements like, “You are not entitled to my space,” prominently displayed in public spaces. The project grew out of Fazlalizadeh’s desire to tackle the issue of street harassment. “This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street,” she says on her website. “Creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.”
Click on the gallery above to see some of Fazlalizadeh’s oil paintings. For more of her work click here.