Thursday, 2 September 2010

The Portraits

Four portraits of four teenagers – made with the collaboration of the Durham Light Infantry museum and using uniforms from their collection.

They sit looking out into their uncertain futures with mesmerised expressions. The uniforms are from a random selection of history and also exist in an odd 'other world', both suggesting historical context whilst hinting at current fashion.

The backdrops are contemporary and also imply another less obvious way of reading the picture. They refer to painting in that they are 'considered' and have a feeling of having been 'worked at'. They are dramatic in lighting, but they are also very much of the here and now, and the theatre they represent is one that questions what it is to make a 'representation'.

These are now framed in lovely, heavy black frames with a fillet pushing them back off the glass giving them extra depth. I plan to release a small framed edition of prints so please get in touch if you are interested in acquisition.

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