The 2020 Victorian Salon des Refusés
Cat #4 Paul Carter
Oil on Canvas
92 cm h x 122 cm w
Jezza, Former AFL Carlton footballer, Mark of the century
I met Alex Jesaulenko MBE (Jezza) when we became fellow members of an outback cultural awareness trip. Wherever we went, and whichever tiny settlement we visited, he was immediately surrounded by crowds of fans and well-wishers. He found time to speak to them all but also seemed mildly puzzled by all the fuss. As if his standing still came as a surprise to him.
What struck me most about Jezza, right from the beginning and throughout our trip together, was the kindness and gentleness in his face and manner. It was these qualities of humility, unspoilt by many years of fame, that I wanted to capture in my portrait.
This portrait was submitted to the 2020 Archibald Prize.
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