Marlene Dumas reveals the choices and techniques behind her Great Men series

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In our second TateShots with Marlene Dumas we spotlight her Great Men series, a group of portraits made in response to Russia’s anti-gay legislation.

Dumas herself has been heavily influenced by gay artists and writers throughout her career.

Here she talks about capturing the essence and personality of each subject through a process of drafting and re-drawing.

Dumas hopes this iteration of the series, although conservative in its presentation, pulls the audience into each individual portrait’s story.

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden is at Tate Modern until 10 May 2015.