Painting Chanel Contos for the 2022 Archibald Prize Recently I had the great pleasure of catching up with Chanel Contos for breakfast and a photo shoot. Chanel will be my subject for this year’s Archibald Prize. Chanel broke news headlines in 2021 when her petition, Teach Us Consent, attracted over 44,000 signatures and 6,500 testimonies. […]Read more "Teach. Us. Consent."
6 minute read. In this article, I discuss how drawing helped me gain a more authentic and better understanding of what beauty is and what it means to me.I created this drawing inspired by a photoshoot I conducted with my model Anoush. I intended to make beautiful photographic images, and I felt we accomplished that. […]Read more "Finding Beauty"
Emma Landis is an art consultant and historian whose passion for art stokes the fires of Toronto and Ontario’s art scenes. We discuss art collecting, her research into Abstract Expressionist founding father Clyfford Still, and Emma’s unique gift of applying lessons of the past to the social issues of the present and future. In The […]Read more "In The Frame: Emma Landis"
Award-winning artist Brett Moffatt takes listeners into the lives of artists, curators, models, writers, and performers. Brett shakes the conventional by going backstage, into the studios and dressing rooms of people we’d like to know and understand more. Learn how an acclaimed painter and photographer gets to know his subjects. In today’s episode, I am […]Read more "In the Frame: Brett Moffatt"
Brett replaces the paintbrush for the microphone in this refreshing take on what’s muse worthy from the studio, providing the latest happenings through audio with pictures. Links discussed by Brett in this episode: In the FrameBrett Moffatt Art RegisterEventsInfo Recent Commissions “Early last year, I came across some of Bretts’ work. I was amazed at […]Read more "On the Canvas: April 2021"
My Maroochy Barambah portrait. 122cm x 92cm, oil on linen. Selected by Senior Curator, Vanessa Van Ooyen, QUT Art Museum, in the top 100 finalists from 663 entries for the inaugural Brisbane Portrait Prize. The $80K prize opens at the Powerhouse Museum, Brisbane, Monday 30th September 2019.
From 432 entries to 79 finalists. From 79 finalists, I made it to the top four of highly commended works in the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture. Singled out by Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM as a work deserving special attention and from judge Marian Drew: “This is a beautiful portrait where the figure […]Read more "Olive Cotton Award"
I am very proud to announce that I have recently completed a portrait of world champion swimmer Cate Campbell (OAM). Cate and her younger sister Bronte represent a tour de force in Freestyle, of the short courses in world competitive swimming.
As many can attain, Cate is not only an incredibly talented and disciplined athlete but one of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve met. How lucky was I when she said yes to posing for a portrait. I spent a morning in December 2016 with Cate discussing and shooting images for her portrait. We caught up again recently for an informal sitting and big reveal of the portrait in its final stages. It’s been a tremendous journey and I’m very proud of the finished portrait which will be entered into various portrait prizes throughout the year.
In the portrait, I wanted to capture Cate’s steely determination and focus. I wanted the portrait to be an authentic representation of Cate as well as an iconic image of ‘the great Australian swimmer.’ Therefore the yellow and green swimming cap is an important symbol. Although Cate helped smash the 4x100M Freestyle world record at the Rio Olympics, the media lamented the lost opportunity and failure to meet expectations about Cate’s performance in the 100M Freestyle. I wanted to show the shadows are in the past and Cate coming out into the brilliant sunshine. She is a remarkable athlete and a great ambassador for the sport of swimming and our country. She’ll always do Australia proud and this I know we can all agree on.
“This experience has been one of the most eye-opening and humbling experiences of my life. I have gained a new found respect for artists and their craft. The level of detail that Brett went into and the hours of preparation that was spent on this portrait, before a brush was even touched, is truly astounding. I have enjoyed every stage of this project, from meeting Brett, to taking the photos, to learning about the preparation process, to finally seeing the finished product, which surpassed all of my expectations. I feel honoured and privileged to be the subject who Brett chose and am inspired by his skill and dedication. But most of all I admire his passion for art and his commitment to the pursuit of excellence.”Cate Campbell OAM
Showing Cate some of the paintings finer details
Steely determination, captured in Cate’s intense blue-eyed gaze. Brett Moffatt ‘Cate’ detail, 2017, Oil on panel
Cate is training well and hopes to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. If Cate’s spirit is any indication, then I think we can expect more great things to come. Cate’s achievements include (are you ready?):
· CURRENT WORLD RECORD HOLDER- 100M FREESTYLE
· RIO OLYMPICS 4X100M FREESTYLE- 1ST 2016 (WORLD RECORD)
· RIO OLYMPICS 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY- 3RD 2016
· WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 50M FREESTYLE- 3RD 2015
· WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 100M FREESTYLE- 4TH 2015
· WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 4X100M FREESTYLE- 1ST 2015
· COMMONWEALTH GAMES 100M FREESTYLE- 1ST 2014
· COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M FREESTYLE- 2ND 2014
· WORLD CHAMPION- 100M FREESTYLE 2013
· LONDON OLYMPICS, 4X100M FREESTYLE- 1ST 2012
· WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 50M FREESTYLE- 3RD 2009
· BEIJING OLYMPICS 4X100M FREESTYLE- 3RD 2008
· BEIJING OLYMPICS 50M FREESTYLE- 3RD 2008
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