Cultivate presents Self - a carefully curated show of self portraits
Self will open on-line at 8pm (UK time) on Tuesday February 23rd
Self will be just that, a show alive with artists challenged to produce self portraits.
"beautifully apposite 'Self' - enclosed/enclosing concept for these times" (Paul Sakoilsky)
A self-portrait is a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist. Although self-portraits have been made since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid-15th century that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. With better and cheaper mirrors, and the advent of the panel portrait, many painters, sculptors and printmakers tried some form of self-portraiture. Portrait of a Man in a Turban by Jan van Eyck of 1433 may well be the earliest known panel self-portrait. He painted a separate portrait of his wife, and he belonged to the social group that had begun to commission portraits, already more common among wealthy Netherlanders than south of the Alps. The genre is venerable, but not until the Renaissance, with increased wealth and interest in the individual as a subject, did it become truly popular.
Self will be just that, a show alive with artists challenged to produce self portraits. After five on-line shows from Cultivate during this destructive Covid period starting with the #43Artists show back in April 2020, five on-line shows that, combined, have now been viewed over 120,000 times, Self will be another carefully curated on-line show brought to you once more by Cultivate founders Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. The five on-line shows during the period of Covid including the show that opened at the start of this year, ReCultivate, have all been carefully curated "themeless" group shows, all five have had an open call element to them. Self is by invite only. Self is strictly about carefully selecting and inviting our fellow artists to take part. Self with the 13th on-line show from Cultivate and we believe the 163rd show in all
Self is about inviting artists to produce self portraits. we invited artists who you'd maybe expect to produce self portraits, we might have challenged one or two unexpected people to come up with something, "let's see where this one goes, maybe we'll ask people to dig deep into old sketch books, we'll ask painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers", we asked a fashion designer called Suki.
Self will be about the tradition of the self portrait The show will once again be hosted on-line via the pages of Organ at http://www.organthing.com. Once the show has opened it will stay open, we so reason to end on-line shows
The full list of participating artists
SOFIA MARTINS GRAY