In the olden days, portraits used to be a symbol of wealth. Aristocrats and wannabe aristocrats would pay an artist for an unblemished painting of themselves, leaving an idealised version of themselves behind for future generations.

But in the age of HD cameras and Photoshop, portraits have lost the monopoly on visual history they once had. Dutch painter Daniel Martin is taking a different approach; he’s a portrait artist for the age of anxiety, opting for distorted images that represent the unseen inner turmoil of his subjects.

Check out a few examples of his work below:

‘David’

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‘Tessa’

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‘Stephen’

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‘Elise’

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Daniel Martin’s work can be found up for sale at Saatchi Art.

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