Each of Jamie Salmon's sculptures is first modelled in clay from which the mould is made, and then cast in silicone and coloured with pigments, followed by the placement of each strand of hair in the 'skin'.
The self-portrait is a subject that Salmon has revisited many times. The present self-portrait is one that is striking and stimulating. Portrayed with eyes shut, the larger-than-life portrait does not confront or challenge the viewer, however, the dramatically yet realistically rendered details, from the newly shaven supple skin around the lips to the subtle vein visible on the left temple, compels the viewer to almost feel a sense of discomfort and wonder if the 'Fragment' is disappearing or coming into being.
Jamie Salmon was born in the UK and began his career as an artist and sculpture in the movie effects industry before he moved to Vancouver to further pursue his career. He explains that by producing hyperrealistic works that not only require a high level of meticulous precision but are also visually intriguing he is able further to explore the concept of visual perceptions and how one reacts when their perception is challenged.