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.


Princess said...

Beautiful use of colour. This man has a lifetime of human experience in his face. It shows someone who has worked and lived hard, has vitality and kindness still, and is willing to go on with life and others. Good luck.

T said...

I shall look out for it.

spiny_norman said...

G'day t - let me know what you think.

Token Chick said...

Hiya Garth,

Beautiful work, and congratulations to your friend for the recognition.

There is someone putting his love of art to good use! I have not, in recent years. It is a daunting task, picking up the brush and finding the courage to put that first stroke on the canvas when you have been out of the habit for as long as I have.

Cheers to his courage and his talent.

Anonymous said...

I love this! is it a water colour? I think its the best of the group published. (I had an entry but missed out on being a finalist)