I’m just putting the final touches on the last painting for my exhibition The Way We Were. The painting is a small self-portrait that is a bit different from the other works in the show, but at the same time, it isn’t. Cryptic, I know… You’ll have to wait until the show opens to see what I mean.
The latest body of work has been a bit of a departure from my usual style but the self-portrait brings my continuing theme of miniature portraiture back into play. The process of painting myself in my studio, the space where I have created the work for the show, has been the perfect way to cap off this body of work and makes a nod to some classic portrait paintings that have influenced me since my art history days; namely Las Meninas (1656) by Diego Velázquez and The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) by Jan van Eyck.
My latest self-portrait has similarities to both paintings. As a bit of a teaser to the show, I will be updating the blog with some sneak peek images, details from the final painting, including dates that these sections were painted. See if you can try to slowly piece together the image.
Here is the first one: