The portraits of Adelaide-based artist Joshua Miels take countless hours to come together, as he constantly adds and removes thick layers of oil paint to slowly shape his subjects' faces. Miels' work focuses on the mental health struggles many face in their day-to-day lives, specifically males, who he depicts throughout his abstract works. To do so, Miels creates large-scale paintings that see him digitally break his subjects down into shapes, before the intense detail is built in through endless layering and stripping back.
Miels' work takes on a great depth — literally and figuratively — with his subjects looking emotionally detached, allowing the viewer to reflect on the difficult themes explored throughout his paintings and contemplate their own personal experiences.
Exhibiting his latest canvas works at Armadale's Metro Gallery, Inner Thoughts is on display from Monday, August 7 until Saturday, September 2.