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Robert Manners


artist | Philip Gurrey

2008

Painting

50 × 55 cm / 19.7 × 21.7 in

Oil on board.

Introspection and vanity are themes at the heart of 'Robert Manners'. By extracting components from Percy Hennell's plastic surgery photographs and portraits by Thomas Lawrence and juxtaposing them into this androgynous, contemporary, fleshy, face of humour ... Read more
Oil on board.

Introspection and vanity are themes at the heart of 'Robert Manners'. By extracting components from Percy Hennell's plastic surgery photographs and portraits by Thomas Lawrence and juxtaposing them into this androgynous, contemporary, fleshy, face of humour and pathos, the fixed stare, a Western custom of total honesty, suggests the subject seeks to be exposed, highlighting the exterior to perversely provoke the viewer to scratch beneath the surface to reveal the very core or essence of the human condition. This 'piecing together' of images accentuates the works historical origins but also hints at another form of grafting, with today's narcissistic onslaught of Botox and face-lifting, an acknowledgement of society's vanity, as we each meddle with our own physical struggles in a desire to sculpt a vision of perfect beauty. Read less

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