I decided to enter the Archibald prize this year.
Here is my entry, Breakfast With The Basics (91x61cm, acrylic and coloured pencil on linen).
A few years ago, when I was playing in a pop-rock-punk three piece, we used to do gigs with these guys and, as I recall, maybe even a short tour. They were absolutely inspiring with their incredible musicianship and stagecraft, and their unbelievable resilience in the face of a grueling touring schedule. They also happen to be damn nice people to be around.
I was thrilled when they agreed to sit for me. We had a skype date while I sketched and they chatted, sipped hot drinks and nibbled breakfast, in a very informal setting. They were telling me they had just played a gig the night before with some of the greats of Australian music.
It was so nice to connect with them again, this time in a new way. In the painting, I tried to show something different about their individual personalities while maintaining a sense of their accord as a group.
Thanks, Kris, Tim and Wally. You’re just great.
You can connect with the music of The Basics here. It’s a treat for the ears, but your dancing shoes will be in for a punishment.
This painting is now for sale. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry.
This painting is no longer for sale from me, as it has gone to Victoria to live with The Basics. 😀