Similar to Matthew Curran's wonderful stencil art, Dutch artist Kuin Heuff's portraits at first glance also appear to be formed from the convergence of a dizzying array of lines. However, the process to create these works of art could not be more different.
In his stencil art, Curran starts with a blank piece of paper and cuts out an image to project, through spraypaint, onto a canvas. Heuff starts with a complete painting on the canvas, then cuts out negative space from the canvas itself! The results are quite astonishing.
Heuff's colors are a wonderful gradient that help to make these very 2D portraits seem 3D and alive. In one way, the curved lines seem like scars embedded in the portrait's skin, but at the same time seem like a pile of leaves arranged in just the right fashion.
Here is Kuin Heuff's appearance on an episode of the Dutch television show Sterren op het doek, or Stars on Canvas, which looks like American Idol for painters. Jump to around 3:30 and 21:20 (spoiler: she wins)
Special thanks to Ben van Wijk.