Surgery is a painting by Dana Schutz. It was made in the early 2000’s which is my favourite phase in her work (so far). I haven’t yet had the opportunity to see any of her work in reality, so I was happy to find these close-up photographs of Surgery (below). Thank you Chris Lowrance for posting these on Flickr.Sometimes I make paintings of faces with Schutz’s work in mind, and I nearly always like the way they come out. It encourages me to approach colour, light and modelling in a different, less high-contrast way than I usually do. I’m intrigued to see if I can incorporate some of that into more complex compositions in future.