Self-Portrait with Narcissus Flower by Keelan McMorrow

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A little spin on the old story of Narcissus. Narcissus, as you may well know, was a quite lovely Greek youth enamoured by his own image. He pined away his days staring at his own reflection, eventually growing roots in the ground- punished by the gods for his vanity, he was transformed into the Narcissus flower. Of course this is the root of modern English words like narcissist and narcissistic.
In this work I wanted to spin that old myth in a different direction. As an artist I find myself working for hours and hours, days at a time on my artwork. When I rest from my painting I find myself staring at the result, intrigued by my own work. I love painting and I’m in love with my work. Now, it’s often said that art is but an extention of the artist. If that’s the case then it goes to follow that I’m a bit of a narcissist myself, albeit of a different sort.
The joke in this piece is that it’s a self-portrait. But I’m staring down at my work, which happens to be a Narcissus flower (Narcissus poeticus, to be exact), the work being but a different reflection of myself.
The original was completed in watercolor and gouache media on Arches 180lb. cold-press cotton rag, 2007.

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brush, flower, greece, greek, man, mankind, myth, mythology, mythos, narcissus, portrait, psyche, psychology, self, watercolor

Comments

  • lovethelight
    lovethelightalmost 7 years ago

    Wow I love the story behind the work, such meaning, beautiful tones and colors. Awesome art

  • Damien Mason
    Damien Masonalmost 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful painting! Great idea too.

  • amberafternoon
    amberafternoonalmost 7 years ago

    Incredible image!

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42almost 7 years ago

    very cool work…love it, well thought out

  • cdwork
    cdworkalmost 7 years ago

    Stunning Painting

  • bluerabbit
    bluerabbitalmost 7 years ago

    Fascinating concept beautifully executed.

  • hagnes
    hagnesalmost 7 years ago

    This is so beautiful. I love how the Narcissus painting falls out of the frame.

  • Siafu
    Siafualmost 7 years ago

    Woa man! superb. The hair looks amazing.

  • jerry  alcantara
    jerry alcantaraalmost 7 years ago

    very beautiful painting,well done!

  • helene
    helenealmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful work – and the story is fascinating

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