John WonnacottStudio Conversation I 1993-4

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Artist
John Wonnacott (born 1940)
Title
Studio Conversation I
Date 1993-4
MediumOil paint on fibreboard
Dimensionssupport: 2441 x 1222 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1996
Reference
T07127
Not on display

Summary

Studio Conversation I is one of several portraits set in John Wonnacott's studio in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, which overlooks the Thames estuary. The central image is that of the artist reflected in a mirror, which occupies the place on the easel that would normally be taken by the canvas. The cloud-like form at the top of the mirror represents the accretion over time of pieces of masking tape, used to secure the mirror to the easel.

The other figures in the painting are friends of the artist: the painter and art teacher, Ian Cox, seen to the left, in a striped shirt; the mathematician, Bernard Neumann, seen to the right, in checked shirt. Both live locally to Wonnacott and have been painted by him before. Also visible is the artist's wife, who is seen, reflected in the mirror, through glazed doors leading to the room 'behind' painter and viewer… (read more)

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