40 x 50 cms
Oil on linen canvas
One of two paintings accepted for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2020 - which is normally held at the Mall Galleries, London but this year will be online. (The other is 'Better With or Without?)
This exhibition consists of smaller works which are chosen by six independently-acting selectors so that there are in effect six small exhibitions within the gallery. At this stage I have no idea who has/have selected my paintings for their section/s but I am completely blown away by my inclusion! The only stipulation is that at least 25% of the selected artworks must come from the Open Art submission, the rest are invited artists.
I'll post more information when I have it!
ABOUT THE DISCERNING EYE
''The ING Discerning Eye is an educational charity, established in the UK in 1990, to encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and to stimulate debate about the place and purpose of art in our society, and the contribution each one of us can make to its development.
The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists (Dale Lewis, David Remfry RA), two collectors (Beverley Knight & Mervyn Metcalf) and two critics (Jo Baring, Tabish Khan).
Mini bios of the selection judges can be seen here: http://discerningeye.org/exhibition/intro.php
Each section is hung separately to give each its own distinctive identity.
The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole''
I revisited and completed this double self portrait in the Summer of 2020. I had initially been fairly subtle with the shadow of the little girl (from the photo) which was cast on the wall behind the grown up version of me. I felt the reference to the shadow in the title of the painting would suffice to make the point that the shadow is significant and a clue to the meaning of the painting. However, I began to realise that, unfortunately, a fair amount of viewers overlooked the shadow altogether.
This Summer I revisited the painting. I have repainted the shadow on the wall, strengthening it in the process and hopefully making it more prominent. It is now looming over me and dominating the painting as was my original intention.
I hope this version will convey the concept of 'A Shadow of my Former Self' clearer than a written explanation can.
They do say a picture can paint a thousand words after all!