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.

Winter 1946 by Andrew WyethAndrew 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."

Self Portrait by MTMcClanahanEvery 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.


MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at mtmcclanahan.com.

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