Salvatore ZOFREA, Self-portrait Enlarge 1 /1

Salvatore ZOFREA

Borgia, Italy born 1946

  • Australia from 1956

Self-portrait 1974 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: ' SZOFREA 74' lower right
Dimensions: 75.0 h x 60.0 w cm framed (overall) 952 h x 802 w x 45 d mm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Peter Fay 2001
Accession No: NGA 2001.264
Image rights: © Salvatore Zofrea, 1974

When I painted this early self-portrait, I was going through a time of uncertainty about what lay ahead for me. I felt that I was in a desolate landscape with a building behind me with no door to enter and this made me feel reflective and melancholy. This fear of the unknown is why one hand is raised to my face.

The symbolism of the upside-down bird behind me was a reflection of my spirit and my sense of vulnerability during this phase of my life. The bird was the perfect instrument to portray this premonition of adversity.

Salvatore Zoffrea 2002

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002