A self-portrait (auto-portrait in French) is the portrait of an artist as they see themselves. Pablo Picasso once said: “Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” For me, the face is like a mask that is worn by the soul. The face is a very distinct part of the human body that reflects and communicates most emotions. It also represents a personal image and identity that distinguishes one person from another.

In the legal world, criminals are not identified by their faces, but their fingerprints. Evidence from fingerprints plays a key role in elucidating crimes and matching identities. In court, fingerprints can be used to convict a suspect of committing a crime or clear them of any suspicion.

The legal world has always portrayed individuals through their fingerprints, and not through their faces. My self-portrait in the legal context cannot be anything else than a portrait of my fingerprint. A painting of my fingerprint produces a more exact legal portrait of myself than a painting of my face.

autoportrait-9pix 51 x 61cm

Acrylic on Canvas

16 Responses for “Autoportrait”

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  16. An Awesome Painting. As A California Painter (Abstractionist), It
    Is So Easy To Say That The Thumb Print Reminds Me A Hugh Tree
    Trunk Cut Down In The Forest. Each Circle Reveals The Age Of The Tree.