by Tony Bevan
oil and pigment on canvas, 1992
34 5/8 in. x 29 3/4 in. (878 mm x 757 mm)
Purchased with help from the artist, John Morton Morris and Ben Brown Fine Arts, 2007
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For Bevan the self-portrait is a site for imaginative exploration of creativity and selfhood. This painting marks the culmination of a series of self-portraits from the early 1990s. Rendered in oil paint and pigment, the flesh has a characteristic rawness, suggesting wounding and bruising.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Moorhouse, Paul (essay) Nairne, Sandy (foreword), Tony Bevan: Self-Portraits, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 26 March to 13 November 2011), p. 08
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Events of 1992back to top
Current affairsThe Church of England votes narrowly in favour of the ordination of women priests. The first women priests were ordained in 1994, inspiring the popular sitcom The Vicar of Dibley.
John Major is forced to take the pound off the European Exchange Rate Mechanism after Black Wednesday, when currency dealers continued selling sterling despite a dramatic increase in interest rates. The event damaged the Conservative party's reputation irreparably.
Art and scienceThe long-running sitcom Absolutely Fabulous airs for the first time on the BBC starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as style-obsessed, middle-aged media luvvies Eddy and Patsy. June Whitfield played Eddy's mother, and Julia Sawalha her long-suffering daughter Saffy (or, 'sweetie darling').
InternationalMembers of the European Community sign the Maastricht Treaty leading to the creation of the European Union. The treaty led to the creation of the 'Euro' currency and its policy was based on a 'three pillars structure' concerned with: 1. Community. 2 . Foreign and Security Policy. 3. Criminal Matters.
At a referendum, Bosnia and Herzegovina vote to become a separate state from Yugoslavia. Civil war soon broke out.
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