James Ephraim Lovelock

1 portrait on display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery

James Ephraim Lovelock, by Michael Gaskell, 2011 - NPG 6928 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Ephraim Lovelock

by Michael Gaskell
egg tempera on board, 2011
12 5/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (320 mm x 210 mm)
Commissioned, 2011
Primary Collection
NPG 6928


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The artist builds up thin layers of paint to achieve a remarkable level of detail in his work. Each stitch of the sweatshirt is individually painted (82,000 brush strokes). Keen to include landscape in some way, in the white of the sitter's eye Gaskell has painted the reflected image of Lovelock's Cornish home.

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