West End artist Keith Burt has been named as a finalist in the 2017 Archibald Prize.

Burt received the honour for Bare Tarragh, his oil on canvas portrait of Tarragh Cunningham. Tarragh has worked in arts administration for more than two decades and is currently assistant director at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

“As a lover of portraits, I’m always searching for the moment when a painting says more than the artist intended. I have painted my partner Tarragh many times but this picture captures a connection I could never put into words. With a defiantly shaved head, Tarragh is at once glamorous, strong and void of affectation — in other words, ‘bare,'” said Burt.

The Melbourne-trained artist’s work is shown with Jan Manton Art in Spring Hill, and he has been commissioned for projects including painting the head of the Australian Medical Association and landscapes for Churchie Anglican Grammar School. In 2015, he was included in the 15 Artists Exhibition at Redcliffe Art Gallery. This is his first time in the Archibald Prize.

He lives and works in Brisbane, calling central West End home.

Read more about Keith here.