Mike Parr

Australia, b.1945

Polish Mud (12 Untitled Self Portraits, Set 6)

  • Purchased 2002
  • Dry-point, lift-ground aquatint and shellac wash
  • 1065 x 770mm
  • 2002/257.a-l
  • 1995

Between 1981 and 1996 Mike Parr used his own image as a way of analysing his response to the world. The almost violent style of these self-portraits is typical of his work.

Parr enjoys the accidental imperfections of the printing process, seeing this ‘noise’ as a device that allows him to distance his work from conventional self-portraits.

Widely regarded as one of Australia’s most gifted contemporary artists, Parr was born in Sydney and studied at Queensland University and the East Sydney Technical College. He has exhibited and performed extensively in Australia and internationally and is particularly well known for extreme performances that push his physical and psychological limits.

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12 Untitled self portraits (Set 6) (Polish mud) by Mike Parr

12 Untitled self portraits (Set 6) (Polish mud) by Mike Parr

This article first appeared in The Press on 12 October 2005