Spinoza (2006)

acrylic on canvas, 812mm x 304mm

This is the second of two anamorphic paintings recently completed. This one is of Baruch Spinoza, the 17th Century deterministic philosopher and ethicist. Wittgenstein was a fan, going so far as to name his work, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, as an homage to Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus.

To view the portrait in its ‘correct’ perspective requires squinting at it from the edge – the animation below shows the effect.