An Invitation to Gaze

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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Vicarious Portraits

I have just completed my submission to the National Open Art Competition 2011. I had two pieces accepted for the Competition's exhibition in Chichester last year. It was a very good event and I am hoping to have work accepted again this year. Fingers crossed!

Click here to read more about The National Open Art Competition

(Above) The Arab Boy I Know through Kees Van Dongen, 2010
Kees van Dongen is one of my favourite painters and I often look to his work for guidance.

The 6 pieces I have entered into this year NOAC share a common theme: The Artist's Model. This is a reoccurring subject in my work: people whose image has been immortalised in the collective consciousness by the artist. So, I have never met the sitters in these portraits but I know their image through their representations by other artists. I think of my paintings as vicarious portraits.

All 6 pieces are in mixed media (Indian and acrylic inks, watercolour crayons, water-soluble wax crayons) on 100% cotton rag, acid-free paper and are all quite small, typically (before mounting and framing) about 14cm by 18cm.

(Below) The French Sculptor's Russian Muse 2011
This painting was inspired by images (photographs, paintings and sculptures) of Dina Vernay, a Russian woman who lived in Paris and posed for (among others) the sculptor Aristide Maillol.

(Below) Picasso's Girl 2011
A painting inspired by a black and white photograph of Picasso's model, the artist Françoise Gilot.
Click here to find out more about Francoise Gilot.

(Below) The Black Beret 2011
This painting references various images: a photograph of Brigitte Bardot sporting a black beret, a portrait of the actress by Kees van Dongen and “the red scarf” portrait of Aristide Bruant by Toulouse Lautrec.

(Below) Jacqueline III 2010
This is the third in a series of paintings that I did in response to various portraits by Picasso of Jacqueline Roque.

(Below) La Martiniquaise 2011
And finally, a portrait of a woman whose image I know through the wonderful lithographs of Matisse.