The 2023 Victorian Salon des Refusés
This portrait was submitted to the 2023 Archibald Prize
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Cat#4 Sandra Drummond
'DO NOT GO GENTLE'
Patricia Cornelius, Playwright
Oil on Linen
35 w x 40 h cm
Australian Playwright, Patricia Cornelius is the subject of my portrait, titled ‘Do not go gentle…’.
It is the first line of the Dylan Thomas poem, ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ and the title of Patricia’s play, performed at the Sydney Theatre Company in 2023.
It is a play/poem about aging and resilience: the human desire to live, love and survive with strength and dignity.
I aimed to captivate the presence of the subject through likeness and emotion. I wanted to portray strength, directness, honesty, fragility and a sense of the sitter confronting the vulnerability of existence.