This subject being so personal, waking up alongside Karen, I was torn between representing myself in bed in the painting, to paint a vision of us as a couple in bed, or to carry on painting 'through my eyes' as I do with the majority of my works, directly conveying what I actually see. The artist who springs to mind when I consider the alternative approach of representing the scene 'outer body' from an imaginary viewpoint looking in at a representation of myself, is the superb London artist, and my tutor at The Princes Drawing School, Timothy Hyman. Hyman often represents himself as a caricature within his works and seems to give us the illusion of looking past him, reflecting his view, but affirming his place and connection with that scene.
|tim hyman, UTOPIAN THOUGHTS WHILE CROSSING WATERLOO BRIDGE. 2009. OIL ON BOARD. 60.5 X 127 CM (PRIVATE COLLECTION)|
|Tim hyman, SEEING BIG BEN THROUGH THE WHEEL. 2007-09. OIL ON BOARD. 89X76CM|
|Tim Hyman, IN THE OLD SASSETTA ROOM. 2009. OIL ON CARD. COL: DINAH CASSON AND SIR ALAN MOSES|
I guess this is exactly the issue that has arose with wanted to represent a scene as personal as waking next to my fiance. Trying to affirm to the viewer that it is me in the bed with her and not them!