Portrait of Heroes - Famous for 15 Seconds

Portrait of Heroes - Famous for 15 Seconds


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Medium: Acrylic paint painted over archival giclée
Paper: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm 
Specials: Gold ink and pencil
Year: 2019
Edition: 20
Size: 56.0cm (w) x 70.0cm (h)
Signed and numbered

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“Napoleon said ‘history is written by the winners’. He might also have said ‘And painted by the rich’. The result is a gross distortion of our past.”



When Andy Warhol famously said, “in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” he was referring to the rising impact that TV and broadcast media was having on society at the time.

Perhaps if Warhol were alive today he would say that everyone will be famous for 15 seconds, before our attention is taken away by a new message, digital notification or social media post. 

Today we all have the ability to live our lives through social media. We jostle to portray seemingly perfect lifestyles, broadcasting ourselves to potentially millions, in the hope of more ‘likes’, more adulation, more momentary hits of joy. 

But how much of what we share is real and how much are we trying to heroise our lives?”

If art provides our future sense of history, in two hundred years, will our era of perfect selfies, filtered portraits, and staged videos fool people into believing that we were living in a golden age?