Francis Bacon © Bridgeman Library
Balthazar Klossowski de Rola
Picasso ©Bridgeman Library
Picasso’s portrait appealed to me because of the linear expressions which echoe throughout the portrait. As with the Bacon “likeness” which for me is the whole point of a portrait is questionable, he could be Hitler!
Van Gogh ©Bridgeman Library
I just love Van Gogh’s portrait, and indeed his work generally, he has a strength of expression which is quite penetrating. It was just a pity his genius wasn’t recognized in his own lifetime. The contrasting colours work so well, and there is just enough tonal work in the face but not too much.
I liked the casual approach of Goatley’s portrait and I don’t doubt that it is like him. Realism yes and some of his portraits are “pretty” but there is a sense of person behind them. Likewise Casey Childs. Both artists paint in America. The sense of a real person will influence my portrait because I want it to look like me as near as possible.