These paintings are an invitation to look at 'our' European art history, and how the white washing of sculptures was part of the construction of an European identity. The view in these portraits is to see these Kore sculptures of women with your imagination, and see the way they were meant to be part of a culture that used colours.
Kore means 'daughter', and a woman in Archaic times was either a daughter or a wife, she didn't have an independent status. At the time, some 2600 years ago, this new Greek culture of monogamy and patriarchy changed the role of women in art.
Oil on linen, 50 x 30 cm, 2020.