Finding Focus in a Global Lockdown

August 30th – November 30th, 2020


Quarantine Portraits is a series of 40 WEBCAM PORTRAITS in oil on treated A3 paper, each started over a videoconference session this year under lockdown. From his studio in Barcelona, artist Harry Hancock painted friends in 32 different locations worldwide. With a new interactive take on the art form, the sitter watched their portrait come to life on their screen at home. Each videoconference session lasted 60 – 90 minutes.

Quarantine Portraits is a lockdown journal – one portrait in oils for each day of a quarantine – but it’s also a mental health strategy; a peek into 40 households under lockdown; an opportunity for cross-cultural connection; a welcome distraction from current events. 

Sitters include world-renowned mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, Chief Curator of the Frick Collection Dr. Xavier Salomon, Emmy-nominated costume designer David G. Robinson, a Sicilian monk, teachers, students and other friends from the USA, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, India and China.

Video 1: Introduction

Video 2: Evolution in Process


Video 3: A Tale of Two Sittings

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Video 4: Embracing Lo-Fi

Video 5: Power Dynamics

Video 6: Process Videos with original song “Barcelona” by Harry Hancock

2020 Press for Quarantine Portraits