The Complete Artist/ Artist's World/Artists' Dogs 1998 - 2002
The Complete Artist, examined the history of the image of the Artist, appropriating self portraits for their embodiment of certain stereotypes: the artist as angry, serious, bitter, modest, juvenile etc. Together they seemed to comprise a group portrait of my artistic milieu.
Another series, Artist's World, tried to envision the Artist of the future, using depictions of children whose genders, although implied by their clothing, could be interchangeable.
Artists' Dogs was a subset of Artists' World. I chose dogs from the history of painting whose expressions could be interpreted as certain emotions. Left to my own devices I would only paint dogs.
Source: Thomas Gainsborough, "Master John Heathcote", 1770, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Source: Sir Henry Raeburn "The Binning Children" , 1811, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Source: Sir Joshua Reynolds, "Lady Caroline Howard", 1778, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Source: Eugene Delacroix, "Baron Schwiter", 1827, National Gallery of London, England
(after Salvatore Rosa, Auto Portrait, 1645, collection of the National Gallery, London.