I realized I rarely am drawn to portraiture paintings because it tends to remind me of the old school, traditional, paintings from the 1600′s ish. Obviously a lot of time has passed and I am clearly holding grudges against a genre for no good reason. Here are some paintings that prove portraits can be innovative, and interesting.
These are by an artist named Xiaolu Zhang, a Chinese artist that also happens to go to SCAD (the college I went to a billion years ago). The humor is great.
And these are by Kehinde Wiley, a true reconfiguration of the traditional portrait.
And last but not least these are by Phillip Gurrey, these remind me of botched plastic surgery. I really like it.