Richard Hamilton

1 portrait

Richard Hamilton

by Richard Hamilton
screen/collotype, 1970
21 1/2 in. x 19 5/8 in. (546 mm x 498 mm)
Purchased, 1979
Primary Collection
NPG 5278

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  • Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.

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  • Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.

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Produced in the year of Hamilton's first museum retrospective, at the Tate Gallery, London, this self-portrait is one of a series of studies entitled Portrait of the Artist by Francis Bacon. The starting point was a rejected photograph taken by his fellow artist Francis Bacon as part of Hamilton's Polaroid Portraits project. Hamilton had asked a number of artists to take his photograph as a way of investigating whether their particular style would be evident in a work produced using mechanical apparatus.
Hamilton was skilled in a variety of printmaking technologies and here he uses screen printing to interpret Bacon's style of painting, distorting his own features to mimic Bacon's characteristic brushwork. The portrait reflects Hamilton's persistent interest in the change in our understanding of a subject under different modes of presentation.

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