22 Years Later - acrylic on canvas - diptych, each panel 140cm x 153cm - 2016
This is a companion piece which relates directly to T Obscurity and Revelation of Andre my life and experience. It is a meditation on the transition of time and addresses themes of natural life cycles and mortality. Birth - Life - Death.....Children being born, family and friends dying as I pass through these momentous personal experiences as daily life ticks along and I find myself in "middle age". When we talk about Portraiture we often talk about "Immortalising" somebody and I have always been very aware and conscious of the strong link between Portraiture and Mortality , life and death. "22 Years Later" echoes the theme of "Obscurity" with the background cloaked and fading into darkness and my face covered with a skull mask exploring the theme of life and death as the light fades out. Then, in the "Revelation" everything is illuminated, revealed and alive in the artist's studio with symbolic references to my own personal life experiences.
I am not religious but am enthralled by Christian symbolism and iconography and I wanted a spiritual dimension to the painting so I stand before the easel, a daily ritual over the past 30 years , with my hands clasped as if in prayer bathed in a divine light looking into beyond. I was also inspired by James Ensor's uniquely strange painting "The Skeleton Painter” and the peace and serenity of Piero Della Francesca’s “Baptism” which is echoed in both paintings.
The themes of “natural life cycles and transition of time” are symbolised in the painting. There is so much to say about this painting but unfortunately instagram only allows a certain number of words so perhaps best to leave it to your interpretation. #artistsoninstagram#chiaroscuro#selfportrait#hyperrealism#photorealism#realism#pieredelafrancesca#jamesensor#figurativeart#portraiture#contemporaryportraiture#monochrome#acrylicpainting#artinstagram#captainbeefheart#stooges#neilyoung#tomwaits#santafe