The Enemy of the Painter on His Way to Work
July 29, 2021
Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
"The Painter on His Way to Work" is a humble self-portrait Van Gogh did of himself in 1888. It is believed to have been destroyed during the bombing of Germany during World War II.
Bryce saw the piece online and it made him think about the challenge of time for artists. Finding time to paint, using it wisely, and considering time as the enemy to completing more pieces. Time is a motivator to Bryce, as he started his career in art at 41 years old and feels as if he is playing catch up. Van Gogh, would have understood. He started late, throwing himself into art and...purportedly at one point, painting hundreds of canvases in a period of six months in a burst of creativity. Maybe...just maybe...the clock is both an enemy as well as an artist's greatest motivator.
The white background was left intentionally blank, with just the flat gesso'ed canvas itself. It suggests that, beyond the painter and time itself, everything to the artist is indeed a blank canvas waiting to be filled.