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Egghead (2007)

Portrait of my friend, Pat Hamill. Below is the photo reference as well as some other, unused, photos of Pat in his office.

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The idea of painting Pat's portrait as an egg came from what Pablo Picasso had to say about portraits, "When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait." Guess I stopped somewhere halfway in between.

The composition was inspired by my brother's rooster paintings and by Dali's flacid clock from "The Persistence of Memory." And Dali was no stranger to eggs and roosters, as we see in this video and in the photo below.

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