Back at the beginning of this year I entered the all new “SELF” portrait painting comp. The advertising blurb for it read as follows…

“The prize pushes the boundaries of self-representation in painting and drawing, seeking submissions of adventurous, fresh self-portraits.”…
“Free from the constraints of commissioned portrait painting, the self portrait does not have to flatter the sitter, or even give a likeness in the literal sense, time and money are no longer concerns and the artist is at liberty to push the boundaries and experiment.”

That’s a fresh change to the usual portraiture seen in the BP Portrait prize for example, I thought!
Needless to say my work wasn’t accepted, none too surprising; I wasn’t satisfied with it…what is surprising however, is this…

Not to say that it isn’t a highly accomplished painting in it’s own right, but does that push the boundaries of self-representation for anyone?

Give me this guy’s work any day…

Guy Denning

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