Girish Sethna, Note-Taker

© the artist. Image credit: Girton College, University of Cambridge

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Girish is a writer with a background in art history and curation. In the painting he is depicted as both a note-taker and life model for Loughborough University. He fits well with the role of life model, as life models often have a diversity of intellectual and cultured backgrounds that draw them towards artistic practice, either facilitating or partaking in it. As note-taker, Girish works for the Disabilities and Additional Needs Service at the University. This enables him to sit in on many lectures on a range of subjects, most of which he finds fascinating and some of which require a little more concentration than others. As such, the painting is of a university worker but it also highlights the diverse range of employment practices involved in the creative industries, and it reflects the unique character and background diversity often to be found behind the role of the life model.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters People's Portraits collection at Girton College, University of Cambridge



Girish Sethna, Note-Taker




oil on canvas


H 84 x W 84 cm

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on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

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