Dean Art Studios Portrait Project 2022- 2023
I was awarded a residency at the Dean Art Studios, Dublin in 2022. Since September of that year I have tried to paint portraits of my fellow residents at a rate of about 3 per month.
I decided that I wanted to paint these portraits from quickly, from life. Quickly, because I have other work that I want do do during this residency, and from life because it created a great opportunity to get to know the extraordinary, creative individuals in the building.
This project is still underway. Each sitter is asked to come to my studio for a 3-hour sitting. Usually we chat, sometimes we listen to music. I'm hoping that the work will eventually make up a kind of collective portrait of the group and also that it will represent a moment in time for the creative life of Dublin. Each painting is 60x50 cm. The works are painted on gessoed, wooden panels in oil painting. They are arranged almost chronologically. Please refer to my Instagram page for more information on the subjects.