The Collection of a Gentleman was a project that I worked on from mid 2007 until late 2008. As I travelled to various countries I would have my portrait drawn by the street portrait artists who specialised in realistic portraits (as opposed to caricatures). My main curiosity was to see what multiple portraits of the same person would look like when gathered together. Typically we only see one portrait of a person, and make assumptions about their character and appearance based on this, even though we are aware that the subjectivity and style of the artist would be a significant factor. However if we place too much weight on this we might start to regard portraits as being unreliable. These portraits are as much about the artists as they are the subject. They were made in Sydney, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
Another interesting aspect is the global spread of the traditional western European model of mimetic portraiture. Across all these countries the model, or schema, is essentially the same although there are stylistic differences.
The final 44 portraits were exhibited in Sydney at the Sydney Antique Centre in May 2009 and at Horus & Deloris gallery, Pyrmont in April 2010.