‘SPOSE’ (SELF PORTRAIT OF SOMEBODY ELSE) – CURRENT BODY OF WORK

Expressive portrait from my current body of work
‘Self portrait of somebody else’ – the original portrait from my current body of work.

My current body of work – ‘SPOSE’ (self portrait of somebody else) is about money, mainly, whilst visually exploring the ‘everyday person’ (myself included). The project presents an ongoing series of portraits borne from a decade of visual exploration into my concerns around existing in an over-complicated hierarchical system/society (motivated predominantly by money), with an overwhelming disconnect between work and real life.

In my attempt to capture the essence of the ‘everyday person’, my creative process begins by sketching passers-by on the street – limiting the amount of time I have to capture my subjects to a matter of seconds. I then work inquisitively from these studies to form multiple representations of the original ‘sitter’; trying to capture the person and pose with reference to only a single line drawing, and memory alone. The resulting interpretations tell a rather unique story of modern society.

figurative painting from my current body of work
‘Connaught’ – figurative painting from my current body of work.

Money doesn’t need to exist for a person to survive; yet there are thousands of unfortunate individuals who sleep in gutters rain or shine. I question a system that favours, even celebrates, the fortunate and neglects the less-so. I wonder why ‘we commoners’ allow it to happen.

‘Self portrait of somebody else’ is my most meaningful project to date and organically transitioned into a full body of work. It’s my intention for each portrait to be viewed (at once) as both a self-portrait, and a portrait of the everyday person.

Figurative painting from my current body of work
‘Tits and cats’ (Mixedmedia on canvas) – part of my current body of work.

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