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Self Portrait (With The Benefit of Hindsight) by Sam Cranstoun

Self Portrait (With The Benefit of Hindsight)

Sam Cranstoun

A portrait of
Sam, Georgia & Matthew Cranstoun
Medium
Oil on board

Dimensions

30 x 20 cm
Representation
The artist is represented by Milani Gallery
Category
No specific categories
About the artwork

In contemporary psychology there is a practice that involves picturing yourself as a child, and applying the kindness, patience and affection that you would to an infant version of yourself. Sam says, “This practice is something that has brought a great deal of comfort to me in recent years, and this painting is from a series that quite literally applies that concept. By reflecting on ourselves and those close to us as children and treating them with the sensitivity demanded by children, I know my sister and I have both been able to process the anxieties and complexities of modern life. This has felt far more pressing in a post-COVID moment.”

About the sitter

The subjects of this portrait are the artist Sam Cranstoun, with his sister Georgia Cranstoun, and his brother Matthew Cranstoun. The painting is inspired by a family photograph of the three siblings as children.

About the artist

Sam Cranstoun’s multidisciplinary practice traverses a variety of mediums, including collage, sculpture, painting, drawing, watercolour, sculpture and video. His work focusses on historical figures, events and images as a way of exploring how history and current affairs are shaped and how we respond. Cranstoun has exhibited throughout Australia, and often focuses on narratives surrounding Brisbane and its inhabitants.

“By reflecting on ourselves and those close to us as children and treating them with the sensitivity demanded by children, I know my sister and I have both been able to process the anxieties and complexities of modern life.”