by Jennifer McRae
oil on canvas, 2003
60 in. x 25 in. (1525 mm x 636 mm)
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On sitting for his portrait Frayn said: I've spent a lot of my working life writing about how people make sense of what they see in front of their eyes - particularly other people and themselves. So there's something a little comic about being gazed at in my turn, for twelve lots of two hours, by someone who's got to make sense of myself. In the spareness of the background and the drawn quality of the paint handling the influence of Egon Schiele is apparent. McRae has exhibited five times in the BP Portrait Award and was winner of the Travel Award in 1999.