Identity2018-07-19T18:37:13+00:00

Identity

Exploring the theme of masculine identity through portraits painted from life

Identity is a portfolio project which explores different symbols and cultures associated with modern day masculine identity.

The three portraits which make up the body of work, feature friends of the artist who all agreed to sit for the paintings from life.

Completed by the artist over the course of a year, the sittings took place in the artist’s studio and all feature a Chesterfield armchair for visual consistency.

Each painting was planned to include a symbol of the sitter’s identity from electronic music and football through to an Apple MacBook representing entrepreneurship.

The football themed portrait entitled “Not a Penny More” was selected for the 21st National Open Art Exhibition in London and went on to be voted in the Top 10 of the MS Amlin World Art Vote.

The painting was also exhibited in Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery for the Open 2018.

Gary Armer Portrait Painting from Life
Not a Penny More by Gary Armer

Not a Penny More

Oil on canvas
40″ x 30″
2017

Notes  |  The portrait features a friend of the artist and explores the relationship of modern football support and masculine identity.

The portrait was painted entirely from life in the artist’s studio.

Blackpool FC Fan Painting
Painting of a Blackpool FC Fan
Not a Penny More Portrait in the Studio
Blackpool FC Scarf
Not a Penny More Blackpool Gazette Coverage
Shortlisted for the World Art Vote
Gary Armer with Not a Penny More Portrait at the NOA

Coverage of the Painting from the Blackpool Gazette

A Blackpool FC supporter has found a creative outlet for his frustrations with the club’s ownership – and could win an award for his effort.

Gary Armer, from Out Rawcliffe, has made the finals of the 2017 MS Amlin World Art Vote prize with his powerful portrait ’Not a Penny More’.

The painting, of fellow fan Simon Fielding, aims to portray the relationship of modern football culture and masculine identity, specifically in relation to the current boycott of the club’s home games.

Gary said: “Following a football team can be a big part of a person’s life and in turn makes up a part of their identity.

“The successes or failures of someone’s sports team can have a real impact on their personality and outlook and right now most Blackpool fans are disillusioned.

The impact of badly managed football clubs stretches far wider than the pitch – it affects local communities and businesses. I therefore wanted to create a painting to showcase how most Blackpool fans feel at this dark time in the history of our football club.”

Many Pool fans are currently boycotting home games in protest against the club’s owners, the Oyston family.

The ‘Not a Penny More’ campaign aims to rebel against the family by reducing attendance figures at games, resulting in a drop in income.

Adrian Britten, of MS Amlin, said: “We believe art and culture are essential for vibrant societies and communities and the MS Amlin World Art Vote provides a way for a wide range of people to express their opinions and share their views on contemporary works of art.”

I Remember by Gary Armer

I Remember

Oil on canvas
40″ x 30″
2017

Notes  |  The portrait features a friend of the artist and explores the relationship of modern music and masculine identity.

The sitter is holding a replica he made of a Deadmau5 head, an icon of modern electronic and dance music culture.

The portrait was painted entirely from life, using the sight-size method, over the course of numerous sittings in the artist’s studio.

I Remember Detail with Deadmau5 Head
Detail of I Remember Portrait
Detail of I Remember Portrait
I Remember Detail from Side
Chesterfield Armchair
I Remember in the Artist's Studio
Portrait Painting from Life in Progress
Deadmau5 Head
The Entrepreneur by Gary Armer

The Entrepreneur

Oil on canvas
40″ x 30″
2018

Notes  |  The portrait features the brother-in-law of the artist and explores the relationship of entrepreneurship and masculine identity.

The portrait was painted entirely from life, using the sight-size method, over the course of numerous sittings in the artist’s studio.

Painting Featuring Apple MacBook
Portrait of Man with Laptop
Close Up Detail of Portrait Painting
Portrait Painting and Model
Chesterfield Armchair in Art Studio
Gary Armer Portrait Painting from Life
Paint Brushes in Art Studio

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