[I was looking for a picture of Satre and came across this portrait by Guenter Rueckert. I’m sure I’ve seen his work before but I can’t think where.]

Wikipedia defines authenticity thus:

Authenticity is a technical term in existentialist philosophy. In this philosophy, the conscious self is seen as coming to terms with being in a material world and with encountering external forces, pressures and influences which are very different from, and other than, itself. Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite these pressures.

Although, like many existential concepts it’s rather slippery, thinking in terms of authenticity can be useful. For instance, I think the last few paintings Lorna has been working on are more authentic than most of her previous work.

In my ongoing quest (for a more authentic life) I have decided:


So – I urge you all to join my campaign – and all suggestions gratefully received (although ££££ are limited).