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Student self-portrait project on Ian

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

This is a student self-portrait project on a contemporary artist that  Alexandra Muir, 12 years old from Sydney,  Australia did on one of Ian’s self-portraits.

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1986, Self portrait 07, Acrylic on canvas, 30cm x 25cm

CONTEMPORARY STYLE SELF- PORTRAIT
By Alexandra Muir

‘Self-Portrait 07′
Artist: Ian Darragh
Date: 1986
Size: 30cm x 25cm

STRUCTURAL FRAME
In ‘Self-Portrait 07′, I see a solemn man wearing a dark red shirt. He has fair skin and dark eyes. He has short, brown hair on his head and has pale lips. He is in front of a blue background, which is dark at the top of the picture and light near the bottom. The material used for ‘Self-Portrait 07′ is Acrylic on canvas. The composition has been organised very simply, with the artwork starting at Ian Darragh’s shoulders and ending a bit above the top of his head. He is looking to the right a little, although his head is directly facing you.

CULTURAL FRAME
This self- portrait painted by Ian Darragh was created in 1986 in London; he had a studio at the Diorama Arts Centre. In that year, 1986, IBM unveiled the first laptop computer and Challenger Space Shuttle exploded and killed seven astronauts. Ian Darragh was from Ireland and was male. His religion is unknown to me.

SUBJECTIVE FRAME
I really like ‘Self Portrait 07′, by Ian Darragh and I think it shows a lot of Darragh’s painting style. I think it shows a lot of expression and it is very simple. I like the clear outline of his head and shoulders and I like how the background is light at the bottom and gets darker. It makes me feel sad because of the powerful expression on his face. I think when painting ‘Self Portrait 07′ in 1986, Darragh probably felt happy, as there was a cover and feature article about his work in ‘Art Line International Art News’ magazine, and he had lots of exhibitions in Europe and England in that year.