I finally had the chance to visit London's National Portrait Gallery while my father was in town. We were seeking out the latest featured collection of Indian Portraits 1560-1860.
The detailed, opulent Indian portraits had me amazed at their microscopic detailing and fine strokes, but it was a much more modern and simplistic artist who had stopped me in my tracks. Alex Katz is an american artist who is part of the Pop art movement. Although he didn't truly break out of the small clustered art world until his was in his 80s, he has been painting for decades. His main inspirations are people, their clothing and faces; especially that of his wife Ada's who has been his life-long muse. What I love is his attention to detail and style and how he understands how one dresses themselves is just as expressive as a glance or a smile. He obviously surrounds himself with good taste because his subjects are always perfectly accessorized, never over done and always striking.