Work No. 983; The Real Turner

Latest in the London Dada series, creating reversed images of self-portraits of iconic artists that were made using mirrors, therefore depicting as close as the realism captured in the portraits allows to how they would have appeared to others at the time.
In the case of JMW Turner’s self-portrait from 1799 at age 24 and well before the photographic era, this would be as close as possible to a glimpse of the artist as he actually appeared when working on the painting. The differences are subtle due to the young artist’s somewhat symmetrical features but nevertheless noticable on closer scutiny

Self-Portrait c.1799 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851


Portrait reversed alongside image of the original painting of the artist’s own reflection.

The Real Turner
(JMW Turner at age 24 and most likely a close resemblence to how he actually appeared at that time.)
(c) Michael St.Mark 2017


Print edition details tf.

Links to previous “Artists how they appeared ” post



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Work No. 981; Ghost Seat for Ruskin / Liu Xiaobo

Ghost Seat for Ruskin
( Post Script dedication to Liu Xiaobo )
Michael St.Mark 2017


Found object juxtaposed. Looking to the Coniston fells, Lake District, Cumbria.

John Ruskin, artist & Victorian polymath, lived at nearby Brantwood during the last 28 years of his life.

Signed edition of 20 Lightjet prints on Kodak Pro Endura
22″ x 16″
£450 ( unframed )


  • Update; only a few hours after posting the above image and at c. 21.30 GMT, friends of Chinese democracy activist Liu Xiaobo who had sadly died in custody of liver cancer at age 61, posted this memorial photo on their Facebook page. Serendipity doesn’t get much more amazing..
    ( screenshot courtesy BBC News web page )



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