Oil on canvas, 2017
Collection of the artist
Part of an ongoing series titled Unaccompanied, these three portraits represent homeless youths in Los Angeles. They emerge from velvety black backgrounds, without any suggestion as to who they are or what their life circumstances might be. Painter and activist Kate Capshaw makes the portraits in collaboration with each individual. As an artist who is deeply committed to making her subjects feel seen and heard, she gets to know her sitters as she sketches and paints, spending extended periods
of time with them so that she can learn about their lives.
Capshaw elaborates: “The young individuals find themselves without support or direction, surviving on their own, alone. In most cases, they are not responsible for, and would not have chosen, these circumstances. This young community is not only invisible, they hide. There are tens of thousands living among us in every community . . . . urban, suburban, and rural.”