Self Portrait Between Two Plants

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Self Portrait Between Two Plants
Paul Hutchinson
oil on board
1997

Another painting including hands as an integral part of the composition.

I used prussion blue in my shirt that I am wearing and it has now badly faded. I should have perhaps used thalo blue as it is more permament.

It is worth pointing out that I have always painted the self portraits working directly from a mirror, rather than photographs. From this point of my development on, I chose to paint increasingly awkward and unusual poses. Acting as both the model and the artist presented me with serious challenges. In order to paint my right hand for example, I have to put the brush down, study the pose in the mirror and then pick up the brush and work from memory. It can be a painstaking processs, sometimes bordering on masochistic. There was a lot of performance and conceptual art happening in the 80's art world, often involving masochistic and seemingly pointless repetitive acts of endurence. I started to consider the act of painting these self portraits to be like that in some way, and the resulting painting merely the record


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Paul Hutchinson lives in Puniho, New Zealand.

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