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Posted by Derren Brown April 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

… for such lovely comments about the Dench sequence. I’ll endeavour to do the same again with future pictures. For those of who could see no difference between pictures 2 and 3, there were none: I have now removed the duplicate image. What a der-brain. Nearly left it in on purpose just to provide confusion.

Incidentally, my favourite comment was this:

“This picture shows so much talent, I’m truly impressed. But there’s a coldness to it, a barely perceptible but nevertheless evident sense of unkindness, disdain, superciliousness that I believe characterizes all of the artist’s work, both in visual art & in performance. This may be the sort of thing that will change with increasing age &, one hopes, wisdom.”

Fingers crossed.


(update, few days later: too much may have been read into this quote inclusion by commenters… I included it because its haughty tone made me laugh, that was all. The irony in my statement may have been lost, a common problem of blogging)

April 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm


April 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm

No, thank YOU Derren, for providing such pleasure to so many in all aspects of what you do. xx

LC x

April 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Could we get a higher res version of the first image? I’d love to be able to read the spines of your bookshelf. Not a euphemism.

April 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm
katy says:


April 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm
Valda says:

To be fair, I do get a distant feeling of disdain when experiencing your work of any kind, even though it’s obvious you’re a kind and generous, and an unassuming person. I can only try to explain this by presuming that either your subconsciousness hides some part of your personality from ‘the people’ or that mine is trying to convince me that you simply can’t be perfect (= envy?). Maybe it’s an effect of an inevitable emotional distance between a public figure like yourself and people who know you…

Yeah, probably just envy though.
*and I bow respectfully*

April 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm
Man With A Very Hot Bladder says:

” &, one hopes, wisdom.”

Before being old and wise, you first have to be young and stupid.

April 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm
roz says:

that was yer favorite comment? you really take things to heart, dontcha.

April 28, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Nicole says:

Bravo, twas brilliantly done 🙂 xx

April 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm
Peter says:

I’d love to have a chat with the person that put that comment in there. I think she does not see it all yet. No matter what Derren would have seen inside painting .. she should have kept focus on the picture .. What makes her wish for Judy to look different than she truely looks when she does not put up her communication skills towards the world/media around her?

Also, what makes this person think that he/she does not contain the same psyche as Derren? We all do.
Humans are not warm on the inside. Nor icey. They simply observe. That’s how they start.

I love that type of discussion. To see why people see things in a different way. The mind is such an interesting tool to see to those tihngs.

Ofcourse there is more to Judy then a fixed picture. Read her face and make her alive.

April 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm
diana says:

“….evident sense of unkindness, disdain, superciliousness”. Hmmmmmmm interesting observation.

April 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm
seline says:

your art work countiues to be inspiring, you are a true amazment, but i email to get the form to be on the show but i got no reply 🙁

April 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I’m studying fine art and have emailed that Dench sequence to all my painter friends to examine the technique. Its really very good and nice of Derren to show his method. Thank you.

April 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm
ScreamingGreenConure says:

Maybe the pictures themselves are in some way conscious and feel disdain towards us. Maybe otherworldly entities are using the energy generated by one man’s visual and performance art to break into the flimsy, comfortable bubble of our reality from their own dimension of mindless horror. Perhaps the disdain some people sense is their boundless hatred as they attack the ever-crumbling walls of their prison, eager to destroy us all in some kind of Lovecraftian nightmare.
Or maybe the subject in this particular picture just happens to not be smiling. I don’t know. You decide!

April 28, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Mike says:

I just think it’s amusing that it starts off as Robert Kilroy Silk and turns into something attractive.

Who’d-a-thought -it?!

April 28, 2010 at 8:56 pm
Emily H says:

Your pictures are legendary. I can’t really choose a favourite, but it’s amazing to see a small hobbie as a kid turn into something as amazing as these pictures.

April 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm
Dmaco says:

Thank You! Could u maybe record whilst painting sometime, i love watching an artist at work, amazes me.

i love doing portraits myself, but i only use pencil. im nowhere near skilled enough to use colour! lol would love to see how you do it


April 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Daryl Graves says:

I second what James Houston said.

April 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm
mojojojo says:

I much prefer the comment u quoted to some of the kiss ass one’s… I think they nailed u really, although I hope u’re happier than they think u are. Although I wonder how happy someone can be when they don’t just see the black and white, but every shade of grey in between. I guess u find your own happyness, your way, by getting sadness out, however u can.

So I’ll leave u with my favourite three quotes (for sheerly random purposes and to look a bit clever)
1) “when I get a littlle money I buy book. And if there is any left over I buy food” Desiderius Erasmas (awesome name or what!)
2) “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
3) “Life’s too short, eat dessert first!”

Laters DB x

April 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm
Kate says:

Derren, Thank you for for everything…
I love the fact that you still have the time to share with us all your fantastic art even that you are a very busy man.
x x Kate

April 28, 2010 at 10:42 pm
kat says:

Oh my god you’re so nice. We’re thanking you for sharing. So nice to see you appreciate your fans as much as they appericate your work though! xx

April 29, 2010 at 1:15 am
Emma says:

‘Der-brain’… you’re SO cute! I love yooooouuu! 🙂 xx

April 29, 2010 at 8:16 am
Raoul says:

Ah, that comment .. it’s my favorite too .. but not for the same reason probably. It says so much more about the person who wrote that then he/she ever would have wanted.

People never wonder why a painting gives them a distant feeling? It’s the same as with people alive ofcourse .. quite often .. why doe one person give you instantly a warm feeling on the inside whereas the other boosts your negativity immediately. Without having to open his/her mouth that is. It still wont tell anything about the person him/herself. You simply read body cells on the outside. Yes, it does show a side of that person, but quite often not his/her real core, more often to what he/she drives her/himself. Reasons for why this person would drive her in such a way in that direction .. all quite interesting.

April 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm
roz says:

this discussion shows why marcel duchamp did “the large glass”…to make us all a part of his art.

April 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Eric says:

its interesting to see the various shows that Derren has done and then read his posts here on the blog. The two personas seem se very different to me, id like to meet the one that is on these blogs someday. Maybe sit down and have some tea and talk about the strange things people do.

April 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm
Iona says:

Just wondering if you are someone who analyses art and seeks its reasoning and meaning? Looking at that comment left with the indepth look and your work and your response to that it seems as though you may be of the same opinion as me in that a painting is something that should be aesthectically pleasing or subjective and not nessacarily trying to convey a message???

XxX Iona

P.S. I only ask cos i’m on an art course and hate that i can’t make a nice peice of work without it being questioned constantly for itis deeper meaning 😛

April 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm
ScreamingGreenConure says:

That’s fine. “Update” the post all you like, but it’s too late – we know about the interdimensional monsters now.

April 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm
liam123 says:

Is the 2010 enigma tour the same as last years?


April 30, 2010 at 8:25 am
spiderabc1 says:

Can’t believe Derren reads his fans posts, I best start being nice and slacken a little. I thought the post was dead cheeky and that Derren might cry.

April 30, 2010 at 9:29 am
JayKay says:

@Man With A Very Hot Bladder – what a great name!

Maybe the cold look in Judi’s eye is well observed by Derren..?

April 30, 2010 at 9:32 am
Rob says:

re update… guilty as charged.
It is a funny comment, but I would have taken it personally. I am keen on drawing portraits too, but not of Derren’s quality. I would hate someone to attempt to determine my personality in such a way.
All in good fun, though eh? Great painting, fab technique. Bit cold, in a good way.
Try to keep my comments in line next time.
Short, relevant and light hearted, or not at all.