Portrait of the Artist's Brother by David Mach

David Mach is best known for the transformation of man-made, mass-produced materials into temporary sculpture on a monumental scale.


Welded coathangers
61 x 61 x 51 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £10,000)
Acquired in:
David Mach

Portrait of the Artist's Brother is a wall hung effigy and refers, like much of his work, to a high art tradition, in this instance that of neo-classical portraiture. However, Mach challenges tradition by his use of cheap, throw away, mass-produced material, which is transformed with an illusory twist into something more exotic. To make this work, 500 metal wire coat hangers were manipulated and welded around a mould of the sitter's face, then painted to a highly polished finish, their hooked ends remaining to create a silver aura around the head. The result is an ambiguous sculptural portrait.

Venue details

Mercer Art Gallery Swan Road, Harrogate North Yorkshire HG1 2SA 01423 556 188 www.harrogate.gov.uk/museums

Entry details

Free to all

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