Local Artist Travis D Hendrix, Brisbane resident for more than 20 years, has been selected as a finalist for the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing. This is Hendrix’s third time as a finalist, with his selected work being a portrait of the established Brisbane artist Terry Summers known most famously for his cardboard sculptures that can be seen around Brisbane.
The artwork titled Convexities and Concavities is a detailed piece that exudes the beauty of time recorded in the features of a person riddled with history. A contemplative pose invites the viewer into the mind of the artist whose eyes stare in colour as irony to summers colour blindness. The work skirts the border between painting and drawing, art and illustration, figurative and symbolic, it refuses to be classified.
Hendrix is a traveler and adventurer who delves into the inner space of the subconscious and peeks through the curtain of reality in an attempt to understand the fundamentals of himself. His inspiration comes from Life and death. Hendrix’s chosen work is among 26 other finalists on display at the The Project Gallery at the Queensland College of Art, South Brisbane. After 16 years, this is the first year the prize is not being held at the iconic Jugglers Art Space address where Marie Ellis was born in Fortitude Valley and resided for over 60 years. The opening night of Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing is Friday 3 August.
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