The challenge given was to create a self-portrait in the style of a specific artist, in this case Frank Auerbach, or to recreate a portrait done by the artist in my own style. I think I sort of got it half way between the two options.

Starting with a heavily textured canvas, recycled for this painting, covered first in a thin coat of white gesso, then two thick coats of muddy varnish. Followed by laying down thin layers of dark colours in the shape of the head (Payne’s Gray, Veridian Green, Raw Umber). I then brushed in the features in both dark and light paints, followed by highlights and shadows. I didn’t want to wait for it to dry completely and continued to dry-brush in details… built-up from thin paint.

Dimension: 16” (40cm) x 12” (30cm)

Materials: Acrylic on recycled canvas

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