Victor Man’s work focuses on the potentiality of paintings elaborating a continuity with its own history and exploring ways of redefining it today. Man’s influences are both classical and contemporary elements, so he brings forward iconographic references from Western art while creating his own.
Through the use of a non-linear narrative, he is able to blend and dilute the lines between past and present, fiction and reality.
The Chandler gathers a series of portraits of an anonymous seated, genderless and decapitated person, a subtle reference to Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando about a poet who changes sex, from man to woman. The title, for its part, refers to the medieval term used to designate the person in charge of cutting the tip of a candle so as to light it. And as in most of Man’s series of paintings, it alludes to a historical reference, in this particular case to the Greek Acephalous.