Antonio López assures us that we should never paint things larger than their natural size because we don’t see them like that. Changing the scale of things is an invention of Pop Art, and that is where it has its appeal. I imagine he doesn’t think much of the many faces on huge canvases that appear in contemporary painting. His babies’ heads are sculptured small.
But a specialist, a Catalan he says, scans them and turns them into a monumental size, a practice criticised by one or other prestigious sculptor. Whatever the case, they will always be better than the heads scanned directly from the model and then repeatedly deformed by Juame Plensa.