Herbert Badham (1899-1961)
Self Portrait 1935
oil on board
73.9 x 55.5 cm
Gift of Howard Hinton 1935
Born 1899, Sydney, New South Wales. Died 1961, Sydney, New South Wales.
Herbert Badham had a familiar relationship with Sydney’s beaches, parks and streets, which is reflected in his paintings of everyday city life.
Badham served in the Navy during World War I and then studied at the Sydney Art School with Julian Ashton and George Lambert. During the 1930s and 40s he was influenced by the modernist artists.
Badham exhibited regularly throughout his career and with the Society of Artists from 1927 until his death. He published two books on Australian art, A Study of Australian Art in 1949 and A Gallery of Australian Art in 1954.
During the 1930s Badham produced a number of self portraits, including three that were purchased by Howard Hinton. In each work the artist has gone to some length to deflect attention from himself as a sitter.