The figures (whether or not they have open eyes) gaze directly at the viewer and wear a variety of expressions. From surprised or mournful, aggressive or indifferent, their scrutiny ultimately challenges a viewer to stare right back and try to get to know them. Who are you and what exactly are you trying to say? Why did the artist paint your picture? And why that way?
Ultimately, the questions boil down to: What stories can a face tell and how much does a viewers own experience contribute to (and therefore twist) that narrative? What can be learned from a painting? Through his work, Frick insists, and I agree, the answer is going to be different for each of us, but always significant.
Mike Frick is currently based in Arizona. Born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1959 he studied fine art at The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia; Northern Virginia Community College; and editorial design at Texas State Technical College, Waco, Texas. His work is included in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. More info at: mikefrick.com