This is a series under development during 2016-17.

What inspires this work is the idea of portraiture and landscape. Can we say that any portrait an artist paints is to some degree a self portrait? Could we go further and say that any painting of any subject contains elements of self portraiture? Even a landscape with no figure in it?

The “figure” in these landscapes is, of course, the artist.

Rather than try to develop ideas and rationale in a  traditional artist’s statement I’ve written a work of fiction whose development has run in parallel with the development of the paintings. To do this I’ve taken the form of Plato’s dialogues to record fictional sessions between an artist and his therapist, as the artist struggles to develop new work.

The writing is now complete, the pictures nearly so. The first twenty or so episodes were published in the form of a blog, and I am grateful for the very positive critical feedback I received, which shaped the development of the work.

In June 2016 I decided to remove  those initial episodes, and consolidate the written work as a whole. The current plan is to produce a printed work of some kind that will come out with the paintings.

 

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