Finalist in Black Swan Prize 2013

Posted on September 4, 2013

I am truly honoured and already feel like a winner to be selected to be a finalist the 2013 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture alongside so many fantastic painters.
The Renovator – Portrait of Jason Harrison.This work explores the fleeting nature of fame in the context of contemporary society. Underneath the swirling whirlwind facade lies a determined individual striving to emerge from the chaos and stamp his mark on the world. Will his life cut through the ribbons of orchestrated and sensationalised cut scenes that have brought him fame?

Dimensions 198x137cm. Oil on canvas.

The subject is Jason Harrison, a former contestant of the Network Ten reality television programme “The Renovators”. Jason’s physical presence (6’9″ tall or 2.06m) and practical skills strongly influenced the formal qualities of this work.