This is a recent self-portrait. I can't say I didn't struggle with it! To my surprise it is a finalist in the 2013 Archibal Prize.
I particularly enjoyed painting the silk top - it's from the Rhys Lee/ Gorman collection that was launched last year. I wanted to reference the Harlequin paintings of Picasso whilst keeping it subtle (i.e no clown make-up!). I don't think I had ever mixed some of those bright colours for a painting before. It was liberating to introduce bold colour to my work - I can thank Rhys for that!