• additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA
  • additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA
  • additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA
  • additional view of artwork by DAVIS LISBOA

Self-portrait #2


Size: 11.8 H x 11.8 W x 1.6 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas.


The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona

Davis Lisboa, “Self-portrait #2", 2017, oil on canvas, 11,8 x 11,8 x 1.57 in (30 x 30 x 3,5 cm)

What/who inspired the work?
This painting has been conceptually inspired by a work by Spanish photographer Joan Fontcuberta entitled "Sputnik: Official portrait of the astronaut Ivan Istochnikov" (1997). This work is his self-portrait as a Soviet astronaut wearing a astronaut helmet. He interprets an fake astronaut who has gone into space and never returned. Fontcuberta wanted to point out how photography can alter the news in the media.

What do you hope its viewers will feel/think?
All these paintings are part of "The Paintings Section From Davis Museum". This section deals with three issues:

1. Three artists who were precursors in the "artists who created their own museums" narrative: Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filliou and Marcel Broodthaers.

2. Three artworks created by these artists: "Boîte-en-valise", "Le galerie légitime" and the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles”, respectively.

3. Images that are not specifically of these artists, nor of these works, but indirectly reflect these ideas: briefcases, hats, eagles, etc.

4. My own self-portraits, The Davis Museum and other items related to a referendum.

The main idea of ​​"Self-portrait # 2 (Painting)" is to create a metaphor. I put myself in the Robert Filliou's place. While he is wearing a paper hat, I wearing an astronaut's helmet. It is a metaphor for overcoming the father.

Why did you choose the medium, subject matter, style?
I chose the oil painting on canvas because I really love it. It is a very soft medium and also very sophisticated. Oil painting on canvas is very durable and can resist for centuries.

I chose this style similar to the German artist Gerhard Richter's paintings. Many of his "ouvres” are figurative, based on banal photographs that he collected from books, newspapers and magazines. Later, he paint them with a very seductive and mysterious blurred style.

Keywords: smile, spaceman, spacesuit, bluish, self-portrait, space trip, space helmet, face, helmet, astronaut, space jorney, astronaut helmet


Keywords: Smile, Spaceman, Spacesuit, Bluish, Self-portrait, Space Trip, Space Helmet, Face, Helmet, Astronaut, Space Jorney, Astronaut Helmet

Subjects: Portrait

Styles: Documentary, Figurative, Fine Art, Portraiture, Photorealism

Mediums: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Portrait Art Prints, Documentary Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Photorealism Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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