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SELFie Series                                              2017

About this series


This series of recent paintings (2017) began as an exploration into mirrors and reflections. Using antique shaped mirrors, stencils were made of their distinctive outlines.


These mirror motifs became metaphors for portraiture and self-portraiture and how it has been employed in the tradition of painting specifically .  The paintings are reductive offering simple outlines and stances yet do portray character and mood.


Some of these paintings acknowledge the explosion of de-formalised self portraiture through mobile technology - a self-regarding yet popular activity which, in the main, rarely offers much context to the third party viewer.

Some of these paintings are incongruous - whimsical yet darkly disturbing and question to what degree we use masks of our own making to deflect others from seeing our true selves.





Mirrorhead  #1- preliminary sketch,  oil on paper , 2017.
Mirrorhead #6, oil on canvas,
77cm x 74 cm, 2017 © Pip Dickens

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Mirrorhead  #2 - preliminary sketch,  oil on paper , 2017.
© Pip Dickens

SOLO EXHIBITION  |   14-25 November 2017  |  Storey Gallery

Lancaster.  Private View 16 November 2017 |  6.30-8.30pm