Demian’s absorbing portrait of Australian Actor, Russell Kiefel, has been selected as a semi-finalist in Australia’s premier art prize, the Moran prize.
The Moran prize encourages “both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known”. The prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait joins the permanent exhibition of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
Demian commented “It is a great honour to be included as a semi-finalist alongside Australia’s finest artists I revere”.
Demian’s portrait of his friend Russell is titled ‘A Familiar Face’;
This face is the face of someone of whom it has often been said ‘I’ve seen you somewhere before,’ and ‘your face looks familiar!’ – thinking that they might be talking to the face of celebrity. This is not the face of a celebrity. Really it is an anonymous face. It is familiar because its well worn features have popped up in films like ‘Breaker Morant,’ and ‘Radiance’ on TV shows like ‘Schapelle,’ ‘Fireflies,’ ‘Stingers,’ ‘Blue Heelers,’ and on stage in plays from Shakespeare and Sewell and Mamet to Holloway. The man behind the face is a working actor who lives quietly with his wife and two noisy sons in the inner west of Sydney, loves listening to Charlie Parker and Charlie Hayden and reading Roberto Bolano and David Foster Wallace. His name is Russell Kiefel. – Russell Kiefel 2015
This is the second consecutive year that Demian has been a semi-finalist.
The full list of semi-finalists can be viewed at http://www.moranprizes.com.au/
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