The 2021 Victorian Salon des Refusés
This portrait was submitted to the 2021 Archibald Prize.
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Cat #5 Lauren Ferrier
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
120 cm h x 90 cm w
I wanted to paint Ryan after hearing him speak about his struggles with coming to terms with his feelings of shame and jealousy in terms of career success compared to his friend Hamish Blake from Hamish and Andy. Uncovering his purpose set him free from the vicious cycle of feeling inadequate.
I found his level of self-awareness very inspiring and I wanted to celebrate him and his success.
I have been inspired to enter the Archibald Prize because my dad, Peter Ferrier, has entered for many years. This year he painted Les Finnis.