This artwork is an authentic, original artwork created by the Artist Victoria Whitaker (doodlher). All copyright and reproduction rights are reserved by the Artist.
You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity with the artwork.
- Surface: 300gsm, acid-free, canvas-texture paper
- Paper size: 314mm x 379mm (approx, at longest points)
- Medium: Black pigment ink & Posca acrylic paint pens
- Artwork has been finished with a UV protective coat
My motivation to create this artwork came from my own lifelong encounters with the works of Van Gogh. Of course Vincent is an absolute legend in the art world, there’s no denying that, so at first it may feel a bit obvious for me to have chosen him as the focus of an art tribute. I have felt extremely moved by his artwork, so even though he’s incredibly famous, he genuinely does tick all the boxes for me.
I first painted Sunflowers at school when I was 7 years old. It wasn’t until 22 years later that I saw the real deal at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. My experience there really amplified my adoration for his art. His works are displayed chronologically along with the narrative of his life and experiences. By the time you reach the end, you feel like you’ve really got to know him. I think empathy can really nurture an interesting connection with a person’s art. That certainly happened to me with Vincent. As he said himself:
“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people”.
It’s been a few years since I visited the museum but the impression it made on me has never faded. After completing my recent Frida-inspired illustration, I wanted to take a leap into another artist’s world, and Vincent immediately came to mind. It’s been a long time coming really. My illustration is based on my impression of him and the impression he has made on me.
I read that Vincent wanted to be known as the man who painted sunflowers. I think he certainly achieved that association, so in my tribute to him, Vincent, the Sunflowers man, is not just the artist, he is the art, at one with his floral counterpart.
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