(From Canberra Times)
W HY do artists paint so many self-portraits? There are probably a myriad of reasons for this, for example, state galleries offer official commissions to artists wishing to preserve their image for posterity or Nicholas Chevalier painted his features for his beloved fiancee to show her how Australia changed him.
However, the two overwhelming reasons are vanity and the availability of a free and ever-present model.
What To look within: Self portraits in Australia does is bring together for the first time a wide cross-section of artists' self- portraits from early colonial times to the present.
Jointly presented by the …