‘Portrait 40: Miró’ is part of the ongoing series Artist Portraits. Originally commissioned by ARTISTS NOT ARMIES. All digital collages from this series follow the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist. The depicted ‘Carnival of Harlequin’ is Joan Miró’s first – and probably best known – surrealist painting, the style that focuses on the dream and the subconscious, by which this portrait literally seems to give a view of the artist’s inner world. The harlequin still half in sight, still visible is his characteristic diamond pattern which seems to resonate in Miró’s tie and pocket square. But it’s above all the fanciful, hybrid figures, the dancing cat, the insect in the dice, the floating musical notes that seem to contrast with the neat suit of the portrayed, or do they eventually resound in the halucinating stripes on his jacket? More generally, you could say that this portrait deals with representation and identity, the artist as a work of art, art as representation of the maker, the group identity.
The Artist Portraits have recently been exhibited at Leontia Gallery – London, Popinnart – Amsterdam and Bedford Gallery – Walnut Creek, California.
Printed as high quality Giclée Print: Klein Imaging Smooth Rag 300gsm.
Edition of 6