Artist: Mat Carey
Medium: Oil and mixed media on canvas
Artist Location: Trevallyn
Self Portrait Post Vegas depicts myself at a point of realisation and change. I met and spoken to an older homeless man while in Vegas for a wedding, with whom I shared a drink and a yarn with. Strangely enough, despite the lack of a Cohiba and tie, it seemed to me that he was an older version of myself.
Now I cannot remember our exact words, just the bizarre feeling of similarity, the friendship shared, and the lessons I learnt. But I was left with this strange feeling that we were somehow connected as I left him, and I have always thought this of humans, but this old bloke made me feel this. Once home I changed a lot of things in my life that needed changing. And once this stage of my existence passed I recorded it to this canvas so I’d not forget the feeling I felt, and why I am who I am.