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Here the artist is, perhaps, shown as a cool observer, though he appears almost overwhelmed by the large canvas he seems to be working on. This looks like a self–portrait but a trick is played on us: the canvas we are looking at is not the round one the artist is painting in the picture.
Moynihan was one of a group of artists who pursued the possibility of an objective painting, avoiding the idea of art as an expression of the artist’s personality or emotions. At different times he explored both abstraction and an almost analytical figurative style to this end.

September 2004