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14th self-portrait.

  • Charnley, Bryan, 1949-1991
Date
19 June 1991
Reference
3049699i
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Bryan Charnley Self-portraits.
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About this work

Also known as

Fouteenth self-portrait.

Publication/Creation

19 June 1991.

Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; 50.6 x 50.6 cm

Biographical note

Charnley's diary entry reads: "Do they just wasn't to party? An intrusion into my mental interior life, like everybody has a foot in the door. nailed mouth and tongue tied I have no effective reply to them."
Bryan Charnley (1949-1991) was a British artist whose work illustrates his experiences of schizophrenia. In 1969 he enrolled on a BA in sculpture at the Central School of Art and Design, but left due to a breakdown. He started painting in 1978, and from the late 1980s he began to get recognition for his work, with Bethlem Royal Hospital purchasing four of his paintings. From 1987 to his death he kept a dream diary as a way of understanding his own mind. In March 1991 he decided to experiment with his medication and embarked on a series of self-portraits, a series which exposed his mental illness. The series was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in 1995. He took his own life in July 1991.

Reference

Bryan Charnley. 1991. 14th self-portrait. [Oil on canvas]. Wellcome Collection no. 3049699i

References note

Charnley, J. (2018). Bryan Charnley: art and adversity, page 178.

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in ‘Bryan Charnley self-portraits: face to face with schizophrenia’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 21 July – 3 December 1995.

Notes

Title provided by the Estate of Bryan Charnley.
Dated 19.6.91 on recto.

Ownership note

Purchased by Wellcome Collection in 2018 from the Estate of Bryan Charnley.

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