Artwork / Subjective / Artist

Gwenn Seemel painted portraits
Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein
2009 and 2010
acrylic on canvas and wood
36 x 60 inches (combined dimensions)

Pegasus appears in my self-portrait above as part of the legend of Medusa—the detail below shows the snakes in my hair—but, when I discovered that 2014 was the year of the horse in the Chinese Zodiac, I knew I had to recreate him, bigger and bolder in his own painting.

As for Becca’s portrait of me, when I spoke at TEDxGeneva in 2014, I featured the painting as a way of talking about feelings of ownership for art and for portraits. The presentation is called “In Defense of Imitation.”

painterly portrait
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painterly portrait by Becca Bernstein
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