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Oil painting - Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1986 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dixon, Tom, born 1959 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel in welded metal frame

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.321-1986

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The painting shows the artist sitting in his 1986 armchair made from concrete reinforcement rods, overlooked by a skeleton. The other furniture in the room, screen, candelabra, table, second chair - are either existing pieces of ones he was working on at the time. The is also a double-bass in the room. The frame of the picture is made from a mixture of metal scrap and castings from scrap.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1986 (made)

Artist/maker

Dixon, Tom, born 1959 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel in welded metal frame

Dimensions

Height: 149 cm approx., Width: 104.5 cm approx., Depth: 2 cm approx., :

Object history note

Given by the artist, 1986

Historical significance: This idealised self portrait was produced by Dixon for the 'Designs of Interiors' exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Musum in 1986. The address of the Interior depicted in the painting is 30 All Saints Road, London, W11.

Tom Dixon began welding when he set up Creative Salvage in 1985, creating one-off stylish and functional artifacts made from scrap and salvage metal. He is now the best-known of the 'baroque salvage' artist/designers (as they have been called). The painting shows the artist sitting in his 1986 armchair made from concrete reinforcement rods, overlooked by a skeleton. The other furniture in the room, screen, candelabra, table, second chair - are either existing pieces of ones he was working on at the time. The is also a double-bass in the room. The frame of the picture is made from a mixture of metal scrap and castings from scrap.

Descriptive line

Oil painting in scrap metal frame, Tom Dixon, 1986

Materials

Oil paint; Metal

Techniques

Painting; Welding

Subjects depicted

Candelabra; Tables; Chairs; Screens; Double-bass

Categories

ELISE; Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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