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Self Portrait by Liam Nunan

Self Portrait

Liam Nunan

About the artist and artwork

Having worked as an actor for over a decade, Liam began painting in 2018 and went on to win the Lester Prize the following year.

Primarily self taught and best known for his portraiture, his application as a painter changes from day to day, from carefully constructed and crafted narratives to more gestural and emotionally intuitive responses.

‘Painting anyone is a complicated matter. The fear of unfairly representing someone often sits heavily on me. But never am I more relieved of responsibility and expectation than when I paint myself.’

Having painted many self portraits, they have become an important part of Liam’s practice. They serve as a periodic shaking off of inhibitions, time to check in with himself and reflect on any given day.

This particular portrait was painted after a month away from the studio. Worried he may have ‘forgotten how to paint all together’ the work is somewhat of an emergence from hibernation, feeling a little dusty and dazed.

“The work is somewhat of an emergence from hibernation, feeling a little dusty and dazed."