2011 Third Eye

Third Eye, 2011

In the Third Eye series (2011), deSouza replays his own encounter with Western art history through a series of self-portraits by canonical artists, from Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol. At first sight, the works might appear as color abstractions, but closer viewing reveals their figurative and art historical sources. The dominant color in each work is selected from the mid-forehead of each painted self-portrait, the site of the proverbial “third eye.”