Self Portrait Painting selected for Ruth Borchard Competition

by Will Kemp

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Off – Screen, Oil on linen, 40 x 30 cm, Will Kemp self portrait 2011

I’ve just had my self-portrait selected for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition.

It was painted with Ivory black, raw umber (both Micheal Harding oil paints) and titanium white (Winsor and Newton) on pre-primed linen.

About the painting

Offscreen represents a conscious shift away from the formality of traditional portraiture.

It was inspired by the snap-to-capture culture in which we live, where everything from the mundane to the most important moments in life are a mobile phone photo away, I like the juxtaposition of an instant snap, taken in a moment, with the meticulous hours needed when painting a traditional portrait.

The portrait took over 50 hours to complete.

It poses the viewer the simple question –  if the subject is not engaged in something worthy, does that make the painting less important?

The national exhibition runs from 14th October to 25th November at the King’s place gallery, London.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Marian rowling October 18, 2011

Well I think it looks great and your have really achieved your goal of just capturing any moment. I am now pondering the thought of is it worthy and I think that is a question that you have to ask every time.

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Will Kemp October 18, 2011

Thanks for your kind comment.
Will

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Alison Stafford December 10, 2011

I can’t believe I missed this post! That painting is awesome!! Love it. Well done for being selected for the exhibition. I just wish I’d seen this in time to see it in the flesh. You are truly an inspiration….now, where’s my paint brush?

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Will Kemp December 10, 2011

Thanks Ali,
Glad you like it.
Will

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Luis sahagun March 15, 2012

I love the raw umbers with the black, great portrait!!

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Will Kemp March 16, 2012

Hi Luis, Thanks very much, they can be very effective colours to use,
Will

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George Wehbe February 18, 2013

Hi Will,

Interesting stuff you have here, have you ever considered giving live courses in Dubai? or will you consider it in the future?

Regards
George

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Will Kemp February 19, 2013

Hi George, I’m currently teaching very limited live classes due to painting commitments but I’ll add Dubai to my ‘world tour list’!

Cheers,

Will

p.s hope you’re enjoying the portrait course.

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George Wehbe February 20, 2013

Hi Will,

I am enjoying the course, fantastic & amazing techniques, I will let you know as I progress on my painting.

Cheers
George

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Will Kemp February 20, 2013

Good one George, pleased to hear it. Looking forward to seeing your results.

Will

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Sugumaje April 25, 2013

This one is superb with Lively Expression :)

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Carmelo Cucchi November 19, 2013

Ummm… wow?
I was looking for landscape ideas and found your site.

Inspirational doesn’t seem a good enough word.

Cheers.

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Will Kemp November 19, 2013

Thanks for your kind words Carmelo, there are a few landscape lessons on the site here and here.

Cheers,
Will

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Paul Hart January 18, 2014

Will. That is INCREDIBLE art. Do you work in larger sizes… like 60 inches by 60 inches?

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Will Kemp January 18, 2014

Thanks Paul, I do work in larger sizes but not really that big for just a headshot.

Cheers,
Will

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jay niblock April 1, 2015

Hi Will, new to the site and just wanted to say it’s great to find a website with such clear, coherent and structured advice!

I really like this portrait, i was wondering, how many individual sessions did it take to complete? what mediums did you use in each layer?

many thanks,

Jay

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Will Kemp April 1, 2015

Hi Jay, really pleased you’re enjoying the website and you like the portrait, here is a detailed intruction on the method I used to create the grisaille portrait, hope you find it helpful.
Cheers,
Will

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Louise Ryley March 12, 2016

Wow! Wow! What a strong image.Fantastic painting but also love the thought behind it. i love the mystery of half of you being in darkness and the other looks like you are wondering… I think it’s the past in the darkness and the future in a question, a snapshot moment…?
Very interesting painting and unbelievable skill. I will keep practicing!!!

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Will Kemp March 14, 2016

Thanks Louise, so pleased you enjoyed the painting, I’ve just spotted your portraits in the inbox, they are looking great!
Cheers,
Will

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