How Do You Paint Portraiture Without a Portrait?

Amir H. Fallah, “Remember My Child, Nowhere Is Safe” (2020), acrylic on canvas, 96 x 72 inches (all images courtesy the artist and Shulamit Nazarian)

LOS ANGELES — What does it mean to paint portraiture without a portrait? Though Amir H. Fallah has spent his career grappling with this very question, his newest series — now on view in the show-stopping exhibition Remember My Child at Shulamit Nazarian — represents a departure from his previous work. Whereas Fallah has often obscured his subjects’ faces in his portraits, playing around with legibility, his new body of work takes a step further and removes the figure entirely.

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