The Artist in his Studio is an oil painting on panel by Rembrandt. Completed around 1628 the painting is now held by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. Featured here, the work reflects on a theme used by many artists, sometimes through self-portraiture, sometimes through portraits of other artists and, sometimes, a coincidental by-product of the artist as creator.
Showcasing a selection of works by Shanti Panchal (2017 Winner), David Dawson (2019 Winner), Colin Davidson (shortlisted 2019 & work acquired by National Gallery of Ireland) & Charlie Schaffer (shortlisted 2019) the following display presents a dynamic, visual account of the theme as it exists in current practice.
Organised by individual artist the display traces a synergy between action, object and idea. It explores the close engagement between the individual and the work of art, whether an artist’s process of making or a viewer’s experience of looking. When visiting each room the viewer is encouraged to consider the work through the lens of the artist and to reflect on the work as an activity as well as a definable end product. In each case, the viewer is guided through the artists journey and processes through which original action parallel intention as integral aspects in the communication of the work. In parallel with the continuation of the Prize the exhibition serves as a celebration of contemporary practices.