More often than not, it doesn’t take absolute realism to capture a person’s character in a portrait. Save for depth perception and other technicalities, a hyper realistic painting based on a photo may feel empty compared to one drawn from life, it all boils down to real-life observation; looking as opposed to seeing. Such is the case for Keith Teo‘s portraits. They may not be realistic, in fact, they’re actual abstractions of a face, influenced by nuances and personal interpretation of the intangible.