Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 – Finalist
[Image courtesy of the artist]
Patrick Francis | Not titled (after Peter Paul Rubens, The Emperor Charles V) | 2015 | acrylic on paper | 56 x 38 cm
A prolific painter, Francis works primarily in acrylic on paper. His paintings draw from his own personal experiences, from first hand encounters with Melbourne to his knowledge of popular culture and art history. Using a bold colour palette, Francis’s paintings are refined, expressive representations of portraiture and still life. His work ranges from studies of well-known celebrities and icons, from Marilyn Monroe to the fifteenth century Italian Renaissance author Baldassare Castiglione, to observations from everyday life. Francis has also interpreted the work of iconic Australian painters including Sidney Nolan’s early Ned Kelly series.