Stephen McKenna

Large Studio at Castiglion

1993

Artist
Stephen McKenna born 1939
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1202 x 1601 mm
frame: 1226 x 1667 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1995
Reference
T07036

Not on display

Display caption

This studio interior was painted in a house in the town of Castiglion Fiorentino, near Cortona, in Italy. McKenna rented this house from 1992 to 1995 and used the largest room in it as his studio. He painted views of this studio many times. The scene represented here is a fairly accurate portrayal of his studio and of the many works, all of them recently painted, by the artist that hung on its walls. McKenna regularly paints views of the various studios that he has occupied, responding to their particular characters and formal qualities. However, these paintings are not just representations of his physical environment. They are also meditations on his profession and achievements.

Gallery label, September 2004