Self Portrait 6-2-11 ; John Badcock; 2011; 2012.002


Self Portrait 6-2-11

About this object

"I do self portraits to reasess where I am at, at a given time." – John Badcock, 2012

John Badcock (born Queenstown in 1952) lives in Geraldine and has been a professional artist for over three decades. He comes from an extremely artistic family: his father Douglas was a noted landscape painter and his daughter Susan specialises in photography and hand colouring. Three generations of Badcocks have been exhibited together in the Susan Badcock Gallery in Geraldine. John’s works also are held in a number of public collections in New Zealand and he has been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards and the Adam Portraiture Award.

Self Portrait 6-2-11 was gifted to the NZ Portrait Gallery by John after it was highly commended in the 2012 Adam Portraiture Award. This intense and expressionist example of self-analysis typifies John’s artwork process of heavily applied and sculptured use of oils on board.

John Badcock’s interest in portraiture is dramatically represented in his installation The Last Supper, which comprises a 13 metre long panel featuring 13 different self portraits. Most recently displayed during Lent 2020 in St Mary’s Church, Geraldine, the work has been described as ‘confrontational’, causing viewers to question who they are and their relationship with God.

Since 2019 John Badcock has been focusing on climate change in his Troubled Waters series. Part of this series are two new works that have been prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In one he compares gas masks worn in World War 1 with the face masks now being used against the ‘unseen enemy’ of the virus.


John Badcock

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Medium and Materials

oil on canvas board


Frame 440 x 360, Unframed 320 x 250

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Badcock, John

Subject and Association Description

John Badcock

John Badcock was born in Queenstown in 1952 and from an early age accompanied his father Douglas on painting trips. After training as a cabinet maker he started his own furniture business, however in 1986 he made the decision to paint full time and opened his own gallery in Geraldine. His passion for portraiture was developed after visits to Europe in 1992 and 2001.

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