I painted this post fauvist portrait of my husband, Seamas, as a birthday present. The strange thing is that the further the way one steps from the painting, the more it resembles him!? I called it the “Image of Him” because some have said I have also “caught” his resemblance to his father in this portrait also. Hence ,as they say back in N Ireland where Seamas hails from, he is the “image of him!”
This self portrait is inspired by a painting by Matisse, “The Green Line” or “The Green Stripe”, also known as the Portrait of Madame Matisse, which was a portrait of his wife. I just loved, the name, the use of different colours in the background and the bold use of different colours on the sitter’s face, particularly the “green line”.
I have tried to re-interpret this effect in a post fauvist or refractionist way. I have heightened the colours created by light following on different parts on my face, head and shoulders to show how light creates so many colours that our perception “washes” out or blends into one composite image.