BIG IDEA A trip to Burma—where modern artists adapt traditional Buddhist icons—inspired Kevin Noonan’s own series of historical portraits, in which writers like Ernest Hemingway appear alongside ’80s political heavyweights like Ronald Reagan. Noonan’s brushstrokes lend mystery to the familiar faces. Best of show: dozens of portraits of Abraham Lincoln, whose bony visage is even more haunting in colorful paint than in grainy black and white. The paintings, all priced under $1,000, have proven strong sellers. Check them out at

Image: Kevin Noonan
This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Portland Monthly.
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