This year Townsville Regional Gallery received 198 entries for the Percivals Portrait Painting Prize which made the selection of exhibiting artworks very challenging. Selection criteria including technique, composition, concept, execution, as well as conditions of entry were used to assess all submissions.
My recent portrait of the actor John Howard has been selected to be exhibited as a finalist in the 2022 Percival Portrait Painting Prize, held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from April 23rd 2022 to July 3rd 2022.
John Howard is one of the most widely recognised stage and screen actors in Australia.
His career spans theatre, movie and television. He is perhaps best known for his recurring appearances in the television series SeaChange, Always Greener, All Saints and Packed to the Rafters but has a long illustrious career in theatre serving as the Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company between 1992 and 1996 and numerous roles in plays including Shrine, Rising Water, Mongrels, The Crucible, The Life of Galileo, Dead White Males, and Measure for Measure
Recently he starred in Mad Max: Fury Road playing the villain "the People Eater" and is currently starring as another villain of sorts, Bob Jelly in the SeaChange reboot.
John took time out of his hectic schedule to graciously sit for this painting.
details:Materials: Oil on linen
Dimensions (cm): 200 x 150