Jim McVicker

Self Portrait oil 16"x12" 2011

Self Portrait 2012

Self Portrait oil 68"x48" 2008

Humboldt County artist Jim McVicker usually paints his ambitiously large landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figures in a highly realist style, but occasionally likes to experiment with a more expressionist approach. Here are three self portraits, the first more expressionistic and the second two more realistic. Which do you prefer?

Inspired by Douglas Ferrin's remarkably honest series of self portraits, February will be dedicated to the art of the self portrait. Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.


  1. Wow - both so impressive.
    2008 is full of motion, like he's just stopping to study the mirror briefly before jumping back into paint - and I love all those gorgeous grays.
    2011's edges though, are beautifully varied and just downright awesome, so if I must choose a favorite it's that one by a nose. :)
    Such mastery of two very different approaches to the personal, challenging and ever-changing subject of self. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I agree with Karen that both paintings are extraordinary! I also agree with Karen in that my favorite is the one painted in 2011. All that color and energy is just gorgeous!!

  3. I love them both, the 2011 made me click to read more but for me the 2008 is my favourite, I love the expression, the muted tones, the stance - it feels very British to me - maybe that's why I favour it?


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