About the artwork
James captures the essence of himself in a self portrait scratching his belly and looking perturbed, laying the paint on in a sloppy fashion. His job is an important part of who he is and he feels it relevant to use this setting. Congdon says, “At Kippa Ring shopping centre taxi rank…its late and the artist hasn’t got his mind on his work preferring to scroll on his phone. A late night shopper imposes on him moving towards the cab with a trolley full of groceries… you can see this guy is sloppy.”
About the sitter
This piece is a self portrait.
About the artist
Jamie Congdon likes to paint the world around him and he sees painting as a way of documenting his life. He believes he has a story and he would like to tell it. His approach has a cryptic feel to it.
“I've attempted to show my response to my environment in which I live. If you met me I think I would not come across stereo typically as a taxi driver.”
Behind the scenes
I’ve attempted to show my response to my environment in which I live. If you met me I think I would not come across stereo typically as a taxi driver.
I struggle socially however in lots of ways the job has therapeutic benefits…like in making little connections with other people because I have trouble connecting with people and at the same time I know if I could get over whats stopping me, (and I don’t know what that is)… the world would be a better place.
But I cant, no matter how hard I try, so I hope my art will tell my story and maybe I can make the world a better place in making beautiful paintings…