There is a fantastic variety of work on display, including a self-portrait by the royal portrait painter Nicky Philipps. She uses the traditional sight-size technique and has painted the portrait of HM the Queen that hangs in the throne room at Buckingham Palace, as well as the Princes and Falklands war veteran Simon Weston, which are part of the National Portrait Gallery collection.
Also on display is the avant-garde approach of New York-based artist Tom Leveritt, who depicts himself in the reflection of a chalice.
Self-portraiture holds a particular power in the history of art, encapsulating the unique moment when the artist capitalises on a rare sense of freedom as both subject and creator. The self-portrait is a fascinating form of personal and public self-advertisement, and the motives behind it transcend simply offering a window into the soul of the artist, ranging from political commentary and declarations of personal legacy or social status to illustrations of physicality and the playful demonstration of skill.
This exhibition highlights the continuing poignancy of self-portraiture as a visual genre, closely connected to intriguing questions of identity and technique.
‘Selfie’ runs until July 3rd 2015 at Fine Art Commissions, 34 Duke Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6DF, UK, +44207 839 2792.