A return to self-portraiture after 20 years was not without confrontation. I was asking myself what I wanted and enjoyed from painting. I began to use a different approach, pushing and scraping the paint and working in a more expressive manner to create experiments in atmosphere and character.
Furthermore, by examining myself so keenly, I felt a real distance between how I perceived myself and reality. It made me very aware of the passage of time and mortality - white hairs, sagging flesh and lines that were never there before. Leaving me with the question, how did this happen to me?
All images ©Gregory Rankine
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