Rafael was one of a series of black and white portraits entitled “Memory”. The portraits represent faces of people from the past, with whom I have not had direct contact for many years in some cases. The series explores the nature of memory in general, and visual memory in particular. What interested me, was how you can recall faces of people from your childhood in dreams with vivid and detailed clarity. And yet it is hard to have a clear image in your mind in the waking state, and even harder to paint the image from that memory.
On a deeper level, this is an examination of the interplay between the conscious and subconscious mind in the creative process and in the memory faculty, as well as the process of relating to people in general. In many ways and on many levels, there always seems to be some kind of disconnect between the image of something and it’s underlying nature or reality. So in a portrait done from memory, the question becomes: “Which part of the image is a reflection of the nature of the subject, and which part is a projection from the artist’s memory or imagination?
patrick Jennings its so good to see two things come together... an awareness that does not exclude politics and a rich painterliness in the tradition of Manet... but you are obviously not a dogmatist since you quote from a determinedly unpolitical painter who is also the master of a certain sort of painterliness!...hope something comes of this for you!
Abbi Torrance Hi I've noticed you've been doing really well here with loads of curators choosing your work - a show at Haunch of Venison would be nice! love your Matisse quote - did you cut your tongue off?
October 11, 2012 at 3:00 am
Jean-Marie Guyaux Hit the canvas! Brutal strokes for the best.
January 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm
Ivan unframed i would really like to see some of Miguel's studies, these are are lovlely works.I am off to Russia to start a new body of work now.You have influenced me thank you Miguel.