Artist Leaves Portraits Of Strangers On The Street Where She Saw Them

Nicole Bourgea paints 10 everyday people and offers them the artwork for free.

Based in Washington DC, Nicole Bourgea describes herself as an expressionist painter and is known for her life-sized portraits. As part of her recent project, Bourgea created 10 oil paintings of random people she has met and observed this year. Instead of selling these paintings, Bourgea will simply leave the artworks at the same location where she met the subject, accompanied by a note reading, “If this is you, this painting is yours to take.”

Most of her paintings usually go for over $4,000, but in this case, Bourgea would like the subject to take the artwork for free. The series of paintings feature 10 everyday people going about their usual routines, such as store clerk working, a street surveyor, or someone eating a croissant.

Bourgea will be leaving the paintings on the streets on 1 October, and hopes that the subject will walk by it before it gets stolen. She’s documenting the whole project on her blog, I Hate To Alarm You.

Nicole Bourgea

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