I Paint My Self: Autobiographical Works
Updated from from January 2010.
Every painting is autobiographical. It's an amalgam of my self--my experiences, my constitution, the way I am at the time and what is always with me. It's in me and then there, in a scene, urging me to work.
Andrew Wyeth's Winter 1946, illuminates this aptly. The recent NCMA's Facebook post, Art Of The Week, reads "This painting is one of Wyeth's most autobiographical works, painted immediately after the death of his father, the celebrated illustrator N.C. Wyeth."
Every heartfelt work is autobiographical. It's inevitable that the mature artist, emersed in the process, will lose all that he is to the work and the work will tell on him afterward. But there's a difference between this subconcious transference of self and the deliberate illumination of a specific idea, though they are not (and cannot be) mutually exclusive. Case in point--Winter 1946.