• the importance of being I
  • the importance of being II
  • The Philosopher (part I)
  • The Philosopher (part II)
  • The Philosopher (parts I & II) - SafARI Installation

the importance of being I

Finalist in The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, 2012. Sydney, Australia

This work is a portrait of transition and transformation revealing Geoffrey Rush in the act of becoming the character, Lady Bracknall, in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. The portrait and accompanying diptych represent tangible evidence of the ephemeral work of both actor and artist.

Every portrait in the importance of being was painted in oils on 45 cm x 70 cm board.
Each painting was photographed before the board was wiped clean and painted again.
The ‘animated painting’ the importance of being (part I) is made from the photographs of 1024 individually painted portraits.
Only 11 paintings remain, comprising the 3 diptych, the importance of being (part II).

the importance of being The stats:

1024 individual portraits
11 ‘residue’ paintings remain
45 cm x 70 cm, oil on board
painted in 572 hours
70 studio days
1 February – 20 June 2012