Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Joseph Conrad-heart of darkness-painted portrait by David Gough
"Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line."
After reading about a recent one off production of Heart of Darkness, based on the lost screenplay by Orson Wells, I took a short break from my own dark imaginings to paint this in a few hours today-a portrait of Joseph Conrad.Of course, my generation were introduced to his book through Coppola's version-'Apocalypse Now',making his literature culturally incongruous (perfectly exemplified in Gary Oldmans gritty Nil by Mouth.) in that it encouraged legions of kids to pick up a book that wasn't already on the school curriculum, for the first time.
Anyway, with sketches for the new series still holding me hostage, it was rather nice to paint something that didn't require a great deal of effort or thought.