(or any other size you prefer, email after ordering)
Acrylic paint upon stretched deep-edge canvas.
The images shown are examples, using the artist’s signature.
This is a commission for artist Steve Porter to paint your signature portrait in an equivalent way.
It’s been a busy day –
professionally or socially –
and at last you’re home.
The beautiful shape of your own name greets
and welcomes you from the wall –
a dazzling reminder of all you have achieved and aspire to achieve…
Celebrate Yourself with Confidence
For the confident and the bold, Steve Porter's SIGNED99 project celebrates choice and individualism, fusing the culture of branding and logo with something uniquely personal: your name.
By being part of the SIGNED99 project, you are not only investing in “the now” but creating an historical heirloom for the future. A trigger-point for memories and stories. The kind of things that help us to live on in the hearts and minds of others.
Only 99 portraits will ever be made, globally, thus cementing the value of the project. There is still something extremely powerful in choosing to sign. A dotted line awaits the brave…
There is a facility to upload an image of your signature above, here. Or at the checkout stage. Alternatively, it can be emailed over later.
The image of your unique signature is then projected by Steve onto a blank canvas and painted twice, creating a dramatic interplay between shape and line, essential to the aesthetic balance of the composition.
Commissions take around 30 - 90 days. Steve will provide updates throughout the process and clients can contact Steve at any time to discuss their commission and its progress.
Along with the magnificent SIGNED99 branding and your unique number, /93, your artwork will also be signed and dated by Steve on the canvas edges, bottom/top.
Your SIGNED99 artwork will then couriered to you free, with all the relevant insurances, a Certificate of Authenticity to prove provenance.
It’s a beautiful evening.
You have some friends coming round.
For drinks maybe. And something to eat.
Gradually they arrive with their familiar smiles and catch-up talk.
Your SIGNED99 portrait has arrived too, now suspended proudly upon a feature wall, drawing admiring enquiry from friends…
So you tell the story.
And everyone agrees…
SOME ARTISTIC SMALL PRINT...
Signatures as Portraits
Like traditional portraiture, your signature image is a kind of collaboration with the artist, taking the familiar character and shape of your written name and turning into something completely spectacular.
Our names accompany us through our experiences, chosen for us. In this way SIGNED99 is an (almost) ageless portrait, a mirror of ourselves taking those all-important and life-changing decisions.
Technology and Perspective
A specially designed hand-built optical projector is employed by Steve to perfectly recreate your signature. The use of optics in art is a tradition going back hundreds of years.
SIGNED99 comments upon the changing way in which our identities are stored, proved and communicated with signatures presented in juxtaposition to the roll-out of modern biometric data.
The double signature reversed creates a negative space between the two, giving the picture balance and harmony, however weighted and shaped your written name is.
Context and Statement
SIGNED99 (like much of Steve’s current work) involves taking an everyday visual and then placing it within its own space and set of ideas. Here, your signature is super-sized and imbued with an ultra-minimalistic power.
Like the conceptual pioneers of the early 20th Century, with their “ready-mades”. Here, your signature is the ready-made. And art is whatever the artist (and the viewer) chooses it to be.
In a sense we (along with everyone else) recreate the artwork ourselves whenever we write our name, thereby making the work universally inclusive as well as remaining intensely personal.
Physicality and Time
The deep textures within the white-topped layers surrounding your signature capture the light in different ways, so the surface varies through differing lighting conditions.
In this way, what appears at first to be an expanse of plain white is forever changing, adding time and movement to a picture which is essentially fixed.
Most of our signatures are more-or-less set by the time we reach adulthood, meaning that your SIGNED99 portrait captures and displays that chronology.
Thank you for choosing to be part of the SIGNED99 artwork.