My younger brother and is full of ambition, ideas and dreams. But he is also practical, logical and down to earth.
My approach to this portrait was vastly different to any I have created before. This portrait does not incorporate the formal elements so common in my usual work; large scale, bright colours, decorative interiors, severe cropping. These elements did not seem appropriate in the portrayal of my brother. I wanted to create an intimate portrait, striped of visual clutter or any adornment associated with his profession, that captured the nature and personality of my brother.
Bright colours have been replaced with earthy tonal washes, drawing on the natural colours of the linen. The figure seems to emerge from the linen and the earthy tones reflect his humble nature and no-fuss approach to life. His gaze is focused outside of the frame. He looks towards the future.
Brother was a finalist in the 2011 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portrait Prize and was also one of ten artworks from the prize to be selected for a showcase exhibition which toured regional Tasmania throughout 2011 / 2012.