Self-Portrait with Peacock Feather
Oil on Canvas
14 ½ x 14 ½ in.; 36.8 x 36.8 cm.
Gift of Charles Lisanby
This painting, done around 1958, is a self-portrait by Charles based on the inkblot print which is also included in this exhibit. It shows his head and shoulders, with one peacock feather growing from his right eye and many more arranged behind him in a decorative backdrop. Peacocks have always been one of Charles’ favorite animals. His father had raised them on the farm where Charles was born and raised, meaning he was surrounded by the exotic birds daily. In addition to the peacocks, his father also raised show horses, which Charles fondly remembers taking to shows on the weekends and riding around their farm. The farm, which was just outside of Princeton, Kentucky, covered over 10 acres of land with three ponds, a cave, and a great deal of Native American artifacts, giving Charles and his younger brother James much to do.