A few years ago, feeling very self conscious about self portraits, I started a project called The Selfish Portrait – where I asked my portrait subjects to make an image of me.
I was inspired by the Oscar Wilde quote: “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
A few years on and I have decided to at last tackle a real selfish portrait of my own. It is a very strange experience to watch your own face appear on a canvas and look into your own two eyes over a period of weeks. It is now finished and I couldn’t wait to get on with making it less selfish. In some kind of hybrid between defacement (see my un-portraits) and activism I use the language of social media to turn a traditional painted portrait in oils into something, well, less selfish.