Without words

It’s not often the internet can be accused of underselling anything, but no amount of online browsing prepared me for my recent visit to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the finalists of the Archibald Prize.

Penelope Seidler, by Fiona Lowry, Archibald Prize 2014
Penelope Seidler, by Fiona Lowry, Archibald Prize 2014

The winner – Fiona Lowry’s portrait of architect Penelope Seidler, blew me away. You have to stand in the same room as this incredible work to see Lowry’s genius. An online image of this painting just doesn’t do it justice.

Lowry captures an ethereal quality in her work with airbrushed paint. The result is unlike anything else in the exhibition. But having said that – the whole exhibition is stunning – a celebration of great artists and great Australian people.

As someone who has spent a lifetime writing stories, it’s inspiring to see how much can be said without words.

Julie Fison, Archibald 2014 finalist Alan Jones and Archibald 2014 winner Fiona Lowry with Jones' portrait fo Adam Goodes
Julie Fison, Archibald 2014 finalist Alan Jones and Archibald 2014 winner Fiona Lowry with Jones’ portrait of Adam Goodes

Rubbing shoulders with Archibald winner, Fiona Lowry, and finalist, Alan Jones,  who painted Australian of the Year and AFL star –   Adam Goodes.

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