Finding Focus in a Global Lockdown
August 30th – November 30th, 2020
Quarantine Portraits is a series of 40 oil portraits 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
Video 4: Embracing Lo-Fi
Video 5: Power Dynamics
Video 6: Process Videos with original song “Barcelona” by Harry Hancock