The 2020 Victorian Salon des Refusés
Cat. #22 Chris Seater
MAN OF THE HEART -
DR IAN MILLS
61 cm h x 61 cm w
Ian Mills was an extraordinary man, I can truly say he was one of the most appealing and accomplished human beings that I have met in my life. His compassion for his fellow humans surrounded him and those he touched like a warm blanket of humility and understanding.
He wrote and published a book called “Climate of the Heart” an alignment of eastern and western poetry, encompassing his philosophical ideas on the future relatedness of human beings.
I believe this embodied the essence of the man.
An adventurer, film maker, builder of things and relationships, I was honored to have known him and been fortunate to paint his portrait, a painting he did not see prior to his passing I’m disappointed to say.
I remember when he agreed to be my subject for the 2020 Archibald, he was adamant, knowing of my experimental style of working, that I be free to express myself and was open to anything.
I think this painting truly captures a great man with dignity, kindness and his unique essence of being.
This portrait was submitted for the 2020 Archibald Prize.
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