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15th Self-Portrait

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Described in Charnley's diary: 'An extremely complicated picture as I feel I am closing in on the essential image of my schizophrenia. I am transparent firstly. Make crazy attempts at some sort of control over what has become an impossible situation (the man with the control stick). My brain, my ego is transfixed with nails as the Christ who could not move more freely on the cross without severe pain. ... I intend to record my progress with more self portraits to add up, when they are all joined together as an important document as to life at the end of the twentieth century. "Self Portrait" (the series of self-portraits by Charnley) will will state with depth, what it is to be human and schizophrenic'.

Wellcome Collection



15th Self-Portrait




oil on canvas


H 50.7 x W 50.7 cm

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purchased, 2018

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