Tuesday, 19 May 2009


Examples of similar portrait techniques, produced (in some cases) 500 years apart

The Smudge Tool spreads and mixes content of image areas, (c. 2000).

This album is often referred to as Melt due to its cover photograph by Storm Thorgerson.
The photo was taken with a Polaroid SX-70 instant camera, and subsequently modified by Thorgerson or Gabriel. (Thorgerson does not recall whether he or Gabriel manipulated the image.) (1980)

Lorenzo Ghiberti, Gates of Paradise, 1403

Juan Muñoz, Two Seated on the Wall, 2000

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986.

Banksy, Self-Portrait, 2007.

Addison Scurlock, Family Portrait, 1925

Liz Shaking Fist at Ray, Richard Billingham, 1995

Myra, Marcus Harvey, 1995, Acrylic on canvas
The image has gone from being an image in the press, to being a painting and then back into the press again.

Anne-Karin Furunes, Unknown from Archive, 2003.
Furunes perforates the surface of black or white canvas or unpainted aluminum with hundreds of handmade holes.

Cries Of London, 1996, Grayson Perry

Moche Ceramic Portrait, 1400, Larco Museum Collection

Albrecht Durer, Self-portrait, 1500

Zuzana in Paris Studio (acrylic on wooden board, 1300 x 1100mm), Hynek Martinec, 2007.
Check out his drawings here. Don't let anyone tell you this style of painting isn't clever. It's very clever. What a wonderful feeling to gasp at a piece of Art. Likewise below, and for different reasons.
A close up.

Shahnoza, pole dancer, 2006 (Vinyl on wooden stretcher), Julian Opie

Look above and below. Delicious mouths. Confident, deep creased line creating illusion of that biteable soft bottom lip.

Gilbert Stuart, Portrait of George Washington c.1796

Double Self-Portrait, Egon Schiele, 1915.

Triple portrait of King Charles, Anthony van Dyck

"The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality."

"If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it."
Andy Warhol

"I can't believe you morons actually buy this shit".

"There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk."
Charles Dickens

"I loathe my own face, and I've done self-portraits because I've had nobody else to do."
Francis Bacon

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