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Self Portrait

© the artist's estate. Image credit: Ruth Borchard Collection

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In 1961, Hallett wrote to Borchard, ‘there are six very early self portraits in the collection of Brixton Prison where I was for six weeks in 1953 (for conscientious objection)’. Born in Britsol, Hallett studied at the Slade. From 1957–1960, he lived and worked in Australia, working as a television scenic designer in Sydney and at a theatre set in Melbourne. Viewing himself no doubt through mirrors (rather than just through the mind’s eye or memory), he portrays himself seen from the back and in left profile. This is probably the ‘shyest’ self portrait in Borchard’s collection. And yet the silvery elusiveness and wistful poise is rather elaborated. In Hallet’s 'The Exercise Yard', a surging mass of anxious human figures, mostly seen from the back, appear like naively carved, ambulatory sculptures.

The Ruth Borchard Collection

Title

Self Portrait

Date

1963

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 76 x W 61 cm

Accession number

PCF49

Acquisition method

acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection

Work type

Painting

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