CRAIG WADDELL
PORTRAITS OF THE PAST
22 FEB – 17 MAR 2012

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Little Boy Blue (after Fragonard) 2012
oil on linen
150 × 130 cm

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Velvet Dreams (after Velázquez) 2012
oil on linen
152 × 118 cm

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The Longing (after Gainsborough) 2012
oil on linen
150 × 130 cm

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Rise Of The Rank (after Stuart) 2012
oil on linen
107 × 76 cm

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The Sitter (after Rembrant) 2012
oil on linen
150 × 130 cm

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The Master (after Titian) 2012
oil on linen
133 × 120 cm

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Visible Head (after Velázquez) 2012
oil on linen
152 × 132 cm

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Progression – Study (after Velázquez) 2012
oil on linen
60 × 50 cm

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The Painter (after Titian) 2012
oil on linen
133 × 120 cm

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The Widowed (after Velázquez) 2012
oil on linen
168 × 102 cm

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Velvet Dreams II - Study (after Velázquez) 2012
oil on linen
91 × 56 cm


“I have a love affair with paint and painting and this passion runs through all the various subject matters and forms I tackle. I love the physical act of almost wrestling with paint and canvas, applying paint in an explosive way. Maybe this stems from my sporting background: I played first grade cricket from a young age, and this physical performance on the field, mirrors the physicality I bring to my painting. This current show is predominantly ‘portraits of the past’. I have re-engaged with paintings from my life – some I have seen in person, others are from books or from my art school history classes; but all have inspired and drawn me in. I have distorted these ‘abstract portraits’ using colour and form, fully aware that the challenge lies in how to re-interpret an image from my past and bring it back to life with freshness and vitality.”  

~ Craig Waddell