Thursday, February 22, 2007
Friend shortlisted for Archibald Prize
Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow!
One of my oldest friends (we've known each other since primary school), Peter Ciemitis, has had a painting of his shortlisted for this year's Archibald Prize.
For friends from other countries, this is Australia's premier prize for portrait painting, if somewhat overtaken by a little bit of controversy in recent years.
Despite a very successful career in urban planning, Peter's first love and true calling has been his art and it hasn't always been an easy road to combine work and family obligations with this. (Though having a wife who is also a talented artist helps.)
His picture is of Professor George Seddon, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science (U of M) and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow (in English) at the University of Western Australia.
And I am just as pleased as punch about Peter getting the recognition that he so richly deserves.