anonymous

(2008-)

media: painting

concepts: portrait

Anonymous consists of a series of painted portraits, all measuring 142 x 88cm (a size which is proportional to that of plastic cards, e.g. credit cards etc.). The models used in the portraits are randomly selected. Each piece represents one anonymous figure trapped in a plastic-card sized universe. There are a number of themes running through the project; as it has been ongoing for several years, the themes change with changes in painting style and concept as the years go on.

This project is inspired by German Artist Martin Kippenberger, who began a project in his lifetime which he never managed to complete, attempting to create a series of paintings which, if stacked one on top of the other, would be equal to the height of the artist. This is the overall project goal for anonymous (at 4cm/painting and a height of 180cm, it will take 45 paintings to complete this collection).

This is a self-portrait project - a project that will summarise a lifetime of painting.

Untitled 1

Oil on Canvas 2008, 88 x 142cm

The first in the series Anonymous, based on the idea of identity in supermarkets. Made during the Non-Places project.

a painting from the series Anonymous

Young Irradiated Girl Communicating With Nothing

Oil on Canvas 2008, 88 x 142cm

The second in the series Anonymous, based on the unusual motion of holding a phone to one's ear. Made during the Non-Places project.

a painting from the series Anonymous

Cloak and Dagger

Oil on Canvas 2009, 88 x 142cm

A portrait that looks at war photography and identity in an image.

a painting from the series Anonymous

Once Spotted on a Pushbike

Oil on Canvas 2011, 88 x 142cm

A portrait of a hero, and in no small part a self-analysis.

a painting from the series Anonymous

Unresponsibility

Oil on Canvas 2009, 88 x 142cm

A portrait of a figure seeking identity.

a painting from the series Anonymous