The 2022 Victorian Salon des Refusés
This portrait was submitted to the 2022 Archibald Prize.
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Cat#4 Julian De Lio
Musician & Publican
Oil on Canvas
80 cm w x 90 cm h
Entering the Archibald has always been an ambition of mine ever since I was a child. I figured there was no better time than now to have a go at it.
Michael was one of the first people who came to mind as a potential sitter and it didn’t take too much convincing for him to go along with it. Michael made a great candidate not simply because he makes excellent coffee but he is a good person to be around and has built something special within his café.
Part of the inspiration for painting Michael had come from sustaining a serious sports injury which left me with plenty of time on my hands, which I didn’t want to let go to waste.