Thursday, 24 January 2019

Portraits 3: using objects

We started by looking at portraits that have objects included and how those objects could add to our knowledge of the subject.

The fact Thomas Coram (below) is a captain is reinforced by the globe, the seascape in the background etc.  However, because it's a work by Hogarth there's also more subtle elements included for example the partially buttoned waistcoat which is intended to make the subject more human rather than just a powerful man.

The portrait of the poet and playwright, Tony Harrison includes a field of books with an urban landscape in the background.  We don't need to know anything about Harrison to work out he had something to do with literature and probably had urban influences.

"Captain Coram"  William Hogarth (1740)
oil on canvas  239 x 148 cms

"Portrait of Tony Harrison"  Chris Stevens (1994)
oil on canvas  210 x 120 cms
The Task
using personal objects make a "self portrait"

A lot of thinking went into these pieces and although I'm not going to share why here, each is very pertinent to individual who made them.

Wonderful work folks!




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