Three Artists, One Portrait

Los Angeles Art Trio Strive to Put the Fun Back Into Art

Three hands create one portrait

Three hands create one portrait. Steven Proffitt, NPR News hide caption

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On a Sunday afternoon in an artist's studio in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, three artists have set up shop to draw portraits. Nothing unusual — except these three artists draw together. All three of them, working on the same portrait, at the same time.

It doesn't sound logical, but somehow these three artists — Pierre Picot, Francesco Siqueiros and Paul Bob — make it work. Picot is the color man, Siqueiros is the draftsman and Bob adds the required elements of confusion.

"He's able to just very quickly put the features in place," Picot says of Siqueiros. "I do the color... and (Bob) messes everything up. And then we come out and straighten things out again."

Clearly these artists — and the folks sitting for the portraits — are having fun. And that's the artistic statement the trio is trying to make.

"It's just that the art world in general is so dressed in black and so serious," Picot says. "We're having fun."

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