Painting posthumous portraits
When painting a posthumous portrait the artist, without access to sittings, has to rely on photography, film, and the family.
“The hardest thing about painting a posthumous portrait is not having the opportunity to see the sitter in person. ” said the artist who painted this portrait of Christos Lazari, says Miriam Escofet “Working from other people’s photographs can also be problematic as although photographic images can convey a lot of information, they can also carry mis-information for the artist. I can and do work from photographs, but I always take my own and the most imperative thing is to have controlled, consistent and directional light. ”
Miriam Escofet was commissioned to paint this portrait of Christos Lazari by his son Len, shortly after his unexpected death in 2015. Mr Lazari was a very strong family man as well as a very successful businessman. A completely self made individual, he was the Founder and Chairman of Lazari Investments ltd achieving a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the property investment sector. He was hugely respected by colleagues and staff. “This is a family business and every member of staff is considered a member of the family” he used to say.
“This was a very challenging but rewarding commission to work on, I was very mindful of the fact that I was painting someone who was hugely important to his family and who had clearly been a larger than life person and very loved.”