Steven Campbell

Self Portrait: Scratched out, it's all in the wrist

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About this artwork

This theatrical and complex self-portrait is one of the last paintings Campbell completed before his untimely death in 2007. It is filled with a rich narrative, incorporating figures and symbols, mixed together in a dream-like composition. The artist presents himself as a Christ figure, displaying his palms which show stigmata. To the left a cross is marked out with police tape, which, as testament to Campbell’s dark humour, reads “Police. Death In Progress’. He takes this further with a skull visible at the base of the cross, a reference to Golgotha, the place where Christ was crucified. Crammed with death and religious symbolism, it is hard not to consider this work as a portrait of a man in some way aware that death was on his doorstep.

  • title:
    Self Portrait: Scratched out, it's all in the wrist
  • accession number:
    PG 3691
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 2006
  • measurements:
    183.50 x 133.50 cm (framed: 183.50 x 133.20 x 5.70 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased in 2011 from Carol Campbell for £20,000, with funding from NGS Patrons
  • copyright:
    © THE ESTATE OF STEVEN CAMPBELL

Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell