During the first half of 2019, my digital painting "An Unfinished Masterpiece 2" was on display at Touchstones Gallery in Rochdale. Submitted as an entry to the Postcard From Rochdale competition, my design was awarded the Artistic Excellence Award on March 2.
Entrants were asked to choose a painting from the Touchstones collection and design a response to that painting in the form of a 6 x 4 inch postcard. I chose the painting entitled An Unfinished Masterpiece by Philip Edward Burne-Jones. It really wasn’t the type of scene I had envisaged using as the inspiration for my entry. I had originally intended choosing something that depicted a familiar Rochdale scene. However, upon seeing the painting for the first time, I was immediately captivated by the deject-looking man sat in an empty room in front of an easel.
The depiction of an impoverished artist, at a loss for inspiration, is a scene that rings true for many creatives even to this day. I wanted to recreate the scene as a self-portrait, with modern references, and in a modern medium.