DescriptionEinstein Acrylic on canvas board. 16x20” 2006 Artist's Collection.A young Einstein at the beginning of his career, reflects on his recent revolutionary discoveries as he ponders his next move.Background to the paintingIn 2006 my drawing hand was completely paralysed by a stroke. Wanting to get it to work again I decided to paint a portrait.A photograph of Einstein in a copy of a TIME magazine I was reading challenged me. Could I coax my well-trained handback to life, or had my drawing and painting abilities come to anend?Simple colour-mixing & fairly small, it took four weeks working about five uncomfortable minutes a day - as long as my endurance would permit for it was as painful as it was slow - like painting with a brick, my hand and forearm were so clumsy and heavy. Einstein had just completed work on his first major revolutionary theory and here seems to be pondering his next move....the painting managed to capture the expression I saw in his eyes quite eloquently and, in a very personal sense, metaphorically reflected my own existential situation. It was, in this sense, a self portrait!
Peter Wharton, Brisbane Australia Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement After a period of service as a Radio Officer in the British Merchant Navy I took a degree in Fine Art in England and taught for ten years in Papua New Guinea secondary boarding schools. My passion is building learning support environments to help young people develop their creative potential.
I spent the final twenty years of my teaching career at one of Australia's leading Art education institutions, the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University. I now enjoy a small following in Japan where traditional draughtsmanship in human figure representation is highly valued, (accompanied, it must be said, by a touching respect and honour for the draughtsman!)