Robert Arneson

Self Portrait, 1980 Bronze In 1980, Robert Arneson began to cast in bronze for the first time in his career with the aid of the Walla Walla Foundry. Self Portrait (1980) is his inaugural bronze. This sculpture is a sober and realistic representation of Arneson. The artist explains that he chose to use himself as a model because he was the “easiest person to abuse without offending.” His portraits are less about rendering self but rather using his identity to convey a greater message.