Since man began making marks, the portrait remains a universal artistic subject matter. From the self-taught itinerant 19th century painter to the street artist of today, Forget Me NOT will focus on our continued fascination with our own image.
See the meticulous detail of Ammi Phillips and Drossos Skyllas, the gestural swash of William Hawkins, the boldness of Sam Doyle, the simplicity of Paul Duhem. These 30+ works portray kings, movie stars, presidents, bad boys, good girls- all reflecting who we are and how others see us.
To “capture” in paint, film, wood or stone the human image has challenged artists, both trained and untrained since man began making marks. The portrait remains universal artistic subject matter.
Wealthy 19th century New Englanders engaged itinerant painters, many self-taught, to paint the likenesses of themselves and their families. Beyond documentation, displaying one’s portrait implied status. Popular tastes evolved to displaying portraits of others- statesmen, generals, beauties- until today when any amount of celebrity might make ones’ portrait desirable.