Ecce Homo, 2017
Charcoal and black pastel on Arches paper
173 x 130 cm
$ 2500 AUD
Finished on January 2017, this was the first drawing that I attempted since my five years hiatus from my practice. It was an exercise in drawing as endurance, mark-making as meditation. A gaze that draws simultaneously into the subject’s interior depths as well as outwardly onto the conscious horizon of the viewer. The eyes of this portrait contain a certain gravitas that pulls the viewer in. There is so much more to say about the emotional and spiritual investment that I poured into this piece. All that transpired between my Black Swan Prize win in 2011, my subsequent decision to leave the art world, and my decision to return five years later, the weight of all these personal histories are conveyed unspoken through the eyes of this portrait.
This work was exhibited as part of the 2017 Tim Olsen Drawing Prize at AD Space and was featured in my solo exhibition His Eyes Looketh at Wedge Gallery Sydney in October 2018.