My Favourite Picture
Posted by Anna Sugden Jun 22 2012, 1:32 am
Have you ever had that moment when you see a picture and it calls out to you? Really speaks to you.
I’ve never been a great one for paintings. Not that I don’t like paintings, but I’ve been inspired other things. As a student, I was more likely to have black and white photos of film stars on my wall, than prints of famous art. A moody shot of a smoking Marlene Dietrich or a classic shot of Audrey Hepburn at her most elegant.
My first experience of art speaking to me was when I visited the Tate Gallery in London, on a school trip, and saw my first Dali. It was an painting of the Crucifixion from above and was so striking I stood staring at it for hours. It was one of those paintings that the more you looked at it, the more you saw. Something true of most Dali paintings and indeed of the best Surrealists.
My tastes are eclectic. I know what I like and it’s always something that speaks to me – whether it’s a piece of vintage ephemera turned into a piece of art like this old book-cover, a modern art print or fashion print by Atsuko Okamoto or a pen and ink caricature by Hirschfeld. (Isn’t this Audrey Hepburn stunning?)
So what is my favourite painting? It’s called “Afterjam” by Mark Keller. I first saw it in a gallery in Charleston, South Carolina. Instantly, I wanted to know more about the musician. What was his story? Where had he been playing and where was he going? I was thrilled when my lovely hubby got me the painting for a birthday present and it hangs proudly in my office – alongside the kids on the deckchairs and the Audrey Hepburn by Hirschfeld! (and a signed photo of my favourite hockey player *g*). How’s that for eclectic?!
What is your favourite painting? How does it speak to you?
Posted in Anna Sugden, art, Atsuko Okamoto, Hirschfeld, Mark Keller, paintings, Salvador Dali