Nothing beats the one-off originality of these vintage art works like this oil on canvas portrait.
Just a simple handmade artwork somewhat tattered from age and wear.
I’m lured to these creations, not only for their age & character, their drab hues & muted tones, but because they come ‘as is’ & are one-offs. Done once. Not machine-made or manufactured in bulk.
And they stay just as I found them.
They are the artist’s aesthetic understanding at the time, a depiction of something observed & perceived by the artist.
It’s these sorts of attributes, the sincerity & honesty of the artist, that gets me & gives them their value.
The subject is obviously a man of the cloth.
Looks like a Catholic Bishop dressed in the black & purple.
The Pope wears white.
I don’t know who the artist is as there are no identifying marks on the piece.
Likewise, I don’t know the identity of the bishop or whether it’s a portrait of an actual bishop.
The prelate is dressed in the purple cassock with full length purple cape lined in black perhaps.
He wears a wide purple cummerbund, sash or belt fascia at his waist.
The pectoral cross hanging freely from his neck on a chain, is worn in the centre of the chest just below the heart.
That’s what an old school Catholic upbringing means – you know these kinds of details.