Project Description

‘Divided Selves: The Scottish self-portrait from the17th Century to the present day’  a historical survey exhibition at the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh April – June 2006 & The Fleming Collection, London June 2006. Curated by Bill Hare.

This exhibition was the first comprehensive survey of the history of Scottish self-portraiture and included nearly one hundred works which were borrowed from a range of sources including the National Galleries of Scotland, Tate Gallery, numerous other public and private lenders and many of the living artists themselves.  Both the exhibition and the publication of ‘Divided Selves’, presented a wide variety of artistically creative and critically interpretative approaches to Scottish self-portraiture dealing with such themes as representation of identity through empirical appearance, social class, psychological interaction, gender, nationality etc. Other artists in the exhibition included Douglas Gordon, Alasdair Gray, John Bellany and Sir David Wilkie. The exhibition was accompanied by a publication with essays by Professor Vicki Bruce, Professor Cairns Craig, Dr Jonathan Murray, Dr Gavin Miller, Alasdair Gray and Polly Bielecka.

Beagles and Ramsay showed ‘Sanguis Gratia Artis. Black Pudding Self-Portrait’ (2003) Collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Photography by Kat Borishkewich.