About this artwork

This painting has an eerie quality which is accentuated by the unnatural light shining from the background onto the character’s face. Flannigan’s subjects are not direct portraits, but fictional portrayals of familiar, middle-class individuals whose eccentricities and flaws are used to reflect on aspects of contemporary society. These wry and penetrating observations often create highly believable characters. Flannigan does not use photographs directly, but instead builds up her paintings from many different sources along with her own vivid imagination. This painting was made the same year as her well-known portrait of a father and son titled ‘Just Like Daddy’, 1998, and the two paintings share the same unsettling, green-tinted atmosphere.

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  • title:
    Isobel
  • accession number:
    GMA 4307
  • artist:
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1998
  • measurements:
    (framed: 55.20 x 60.40 x 3.20 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 1999
  • copyright:
    © MOYNA FLANNIGAN
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Moyna Flannigan

Moyna Flannigan