Exhibiting was: Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons.
Picture taking in this gallery was not allowed, I drew pictures of the works which are shown below. It was interesting to see how by drawing the works you noticed aspects of the work that I had previously missed, like when I drew out the simple outlines that Bacon had used his self image looked very similar to a monkey.
"What is a face really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is fin front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist." Pablo Picasso.
"I loathe my own face, but I go on painting it only because I haven't got any other people to do. Its true to say... One of the nicest things that Cocteau said was 'Each day in the mirror I watch death at work' That is what one does oneself". Francis Bacon
"I have no perception of Jeff Koons, absolutely not. Your perception of Jeff Koons is probably much more than mine because to me I am nonexistent" Jeff Koons
"That image of me with the severed head was taken at a point when I was first trying to comprehend death. I'm in the anatomy museum where I spent hours as a teenager, drawing the bodies and I'm laughing but I'm completely terrified. For me that smile just sums up the absurdity to come to terms with the weight of our morality" Damien Hirst.
Exploring the way in which self-portraiture has been used in the modern era as a vehicle for communication and celebration as well as for the 20th century. By looking at the self portraits we can see highly different strategies being used t examine the entire nature of self-portraiture, while also celebrating and commemorating the larger than life personas of the artists themselves.
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