Intermediate Painting finals.
I chose to have some fun with my pieces and did a series of self-portraits inspired by the 7 deadly sins, looking at the mythology we associate with them, including colour, animals and punishments.
The orange painting above is “Gluttony”, and the punishment is to eat snakes, rats, toads, etc. The yellow is “Greed” and the punishment is to be boiled in oil.
I chose to do self-portraits because I wanted to paint from life, not photos. And I was the only person available to sit for me, for free, for extended periods of time.
In the end I think the project became more about the materiality of the paint, the colour and the expression, but I think the humour I wanted to interject is still there, especially in the little animals that look stamped on.
All are 12x16”, oil on canvas.