START UP: Top Arts 2014

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Liam Barr
Self-portrait (Αυτοπροσωπογραφία)

linocut, ed. 1/2
65.0 x 156.2 cm (block and sheet)
Portland Secondary College, Portland

My almost life-sized linocut ‘αυτοπροσωπογραφία’ (Greek for self-portrait) pushes the boundaries of what is possible. Being a single piece of linoleum made it awkward to cut, and when it came to printing, there were times when it just seemed impossible. However I pushed through and created this appropriated work of Thomas Eakin’s The Thinker: Portrait of Louis N. Kenton.

My advice to future students...

My advice for any future students is to believe anything is possible, be ambitious and challenge yourself. I did, and produced an almost life-sized linocut in about 4 months.