Self…ish

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s