Ian Breakwell ('Parasite and Host')

1 portrait

Ian Breakwell ('Parasite and Host')

by Ian Breakwell
digital print, 2005
45 5/8 in. x 37 3/8 in. (1160 mm x 950 mm)
Purchased, 2007
Primary Collection
NPG P1291


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  • Ian Breakwell (1943-2005), Artist. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 1 portrait.

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  • Ian Breakwell (1943-2005), Artist. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This haunting self-portrait was made by the artist when he was dying of cancer. The crab placed over his lung has a dark beauty. The portrait appeared in Diagnosis, a posthumous exhibition at Anthony Reynolds Gallery (2006). It investigates what Breakwell called 'the surreality of mundane reality', a recurring theme in his work.

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