Friday, February 25, 2011

Painting Assignment - Appropriation

My version of "portrait of the artist as an evolving landscape"
James Gleeson

In this exercise we had to choose a self portrait of an artist, copy it as close to the original as I could and then replace it with my own image in the same manner.

This is the one of me, it is still a working progress. Both of these paintings are painted in acrylics where as the original was painted in oil. James Gleeson's original is 152x204cm, mine are both 28x35cm. Following these two, my next task is to paint 7 off-springs, varying each one either by using a different technique, style or medium. To view James Gleeson's original follow this link this link.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Some of the works that I have now come consider my treasures are those that I decided to experiment on. They were the ones that led me off in new directions. Now I no longer fret when my work isn't turning out the way I want it.....I just then take the opportunity to do something radical. This painting was missing that something, until I let the ink run down her face. I now love it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Self Portrait Project

Those of you who know me, you will know just how thunderstruck I was after viewing the "beyond the screen of light" exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2005. Since then, I have been referencing the great man in many of my works.

My first painting class project this year is; select an artist and try to reproduce a painting (must be a self portrait), paint my own self portrait in this manner, develop my own series of images dealing with the theme of identity. Total of nine images.

I chose James Gleeson's "portrait of the artist as an evolving landscape" oil on canvas 152x204cm, 1993.

To see Gleeson's self portrait that I am using as a starting point follow this link. Due to copyright laws I cannot show you this image so please follow the link to view.

It will be a daunting task and I think I may have chosen something beyond my capabilities at this particular stage - but, I have thrown down the gauntlet and here I go!

I will be posting my works in progress from time to time.