About the Artist
Great art should be that which reflects and re-presents life. This can occur in a myriad ways, from a Rothko mind-scape, to a Bernini sculpture, with no singular method being the sole route. However, for me, it is through the spending of time with a sitter over a prolonged period of time, in which a unique relationship forms, that I attempt to capture and re-present a part of the Lived Experience. The process of sitting for a painting allows painter and sitter to spend time with one another one on one, with no other distractions or purpose other than to talk and just be with one another, leading to the formation of a very unique relationship which can only exist because of the process itself. The resulting piece ends up being more of a record of this experience, almost an inevitable by-product of the situation, rather than being the entire purpose from the start.
About the Artwork
I painted this piece whilst living back at my family home for a short while with my parents. My parents each sat separately for individual paintings during this time. I was very aware that it would be particularly difficult to try and capture one’s parents in an authentic way, as out of everything in the world, one has the most preconceptions about how and who one’s parents are, and it is exceptionally hard to separate oneself from these biases and be truthful to the experience. The paintings took place over the same period of time, and although the one of my Mother took a particularly long time to complete, the one of my Father came to an unexpectedly fast conclusion, taking only 7 one hour sittings. For a number of reasons, but also due to its quick conception, I feel as though I have captured something of the man I know, but, more importantly, by capturing and re-presenting a part of the life of my Father, the painting now has a life of its own; a man unbeknown to the viewer but one whom the viewer can believe in, relate to and gain an individual understanding of this person and who and what they are to them.
Our Experts' Comments
"A striking example of the artist's portraiture work. It works well for the art collector that isn't connected to the subject; the avoiding gaze allows the viewer to focus on the whole artwork and see the subject without the need for a 'relationship', and the choice of colours does something that I cant quite put my finger on." - Conrad Carvalho, Director for Oaktree & Tiger.