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Twelve SelvesFlowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1S 3LZ, 21 February - 7 April 2018, https://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/view/john-keane-18;  
Twelve Selves
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Twelve Selves (Selve One), 2017, Oil on Linen, 140 x 100cm

The series 'Twelve Selves' started with the image I used for the mugshot self portrait 'Fear no.1' of 2013 in which I attempted to imagine myself as a victim of the NKVD, Stalin's secret police. What had started as a (perhaps uncharacteristic) instance of introspection on my part turned into something that morphed into both an existential meditation and a journey of painterly exploration. I started with that original portrait of myself and then riffed on it using various painterly devices that tended to degrade and obscure the image. I have for a long time been fascinated by Warhol's 'Oxidation' (or piss) paintings, and some way through this series I hit upon the idea of incorporating reactive metallic paints with inkjet transfers of the original portrait. The metaphor being, I suppose, the decline and deterioration of the physical body that accompanies ageing, the inevitable chemical change that awaits us all - mortality. Along the way are allusions, perhaps to Magritte's 'The Son of Man' and certainly to Malevich's 'Black Square', which is itself now cracked and faded after a hundred years.

What had started out as Twelve is now approaching Fifty. But I liked the sound of Twelve because it is a number loaded with symbolism (Hours on the clock, months of the year, apostles etc). And not least because it rhymed.

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I of the Beholder, 2018, Inkjet transfer, linen, Caligo Butterfly, glass, wood and gold leaf, 32.5x26.5cm

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Installation View

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Installation View

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Twelve Selves (Selve Two), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on Linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Three), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on Linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Four) , 2017, Oil on Linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Five), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Six), 2017, Oil and reactive metallic paint on linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Seven), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Eight), 2017, Oil on Linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Nine), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Ten, Homage to Kazimir Malevich), 2017, Oil on Linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Eleven), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twelve), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirteen), 2017, Oil on Linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Fourteen), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 140 x 100cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Fifteen), 2017, Oil and inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Sixteen), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Seventeen), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Eighteen), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Nineteen), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty One), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty Two), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty Three), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty Four), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty Five), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty Six), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty Seven), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty Eight), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Twenty Nine), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty One), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty Two), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty Three), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty Four), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty Five), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty Six), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty Seven), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty Eight), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Thirty Nine), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty One), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty Two), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty Three), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty Four), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty Five), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty Six), 2017, Inkjet transfer and reactive metallic paint on linen, 40 x 30cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty Seven), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm

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Twelve Selves (Selve Forty Eight), 2017, Oil and Inkjet Transfer on Linen, 55 x 40cm