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An exhibition of The Wellcome Trust SCI-ART project
the painter's eye movements
by JOHN TCHALENKO, HUMPHREY OCEAN, CHRIS MIALL
 
   
 
the eye captures
 


 the eye evaluates
 
the brain processes
 
   
 
 
 
the hand implements

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Humphrey Ocean: At any given moment I will start with what I can see from where I am. I try to achieve a likeness. But what I want is a likeness to the reaction I have to something I can see.

John Tchalenko: When I observe Humphrey painting from life, I notice that the picture production process consists of hundreds of eye-brain-hand-eye cycles, each lasting a few seconds or less. The more factual details I uncover about this process, the more mysterious the central act of creation appears.

This display is the result of an ongoing collaboration between John Tchalenko, scientist and film maker, and Humphrey Ocean, artist. It started in 1991 with Double-Portrait, and in conjunction with Chris Miall is currently using advanced biomedical tools to explore how a portrait is produced.

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