Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S to the Point

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S to the Point

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Ten years ago, Duncan MacAskill went into Rymans to buy some drawing pins and was struck by the range of colours on offer.

That moment of revelation led him to construct a self-portrait from drawing pins, adapting the ideas of Seurat's pointillism, and the ben-day dot approach of Roy Lichtenstein, to contemporary needs and materials.

Now he has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House's Deloitte Ignite festival, curated by Mike Figgis, to make two vast pin portraits for The Link at the ROH. These 'paintings with pins' hang near the box office over the exit to Covent Garden Piazza, and depict MacAskill's father in black and white, and the choreographer Wayne McGregor in colour.

(McGregor is an apt choice, being known for his integration of dance with film and visual art. …

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