The 2021 Victorian Salon des Refusés
This portrait was submitted to the 2019 Archibald Prize.
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Cat #23 Todd Simpson
BRENDAN NELSON, Public Figure, Politician and Physician
Acrylic on Canvas
101 cm high x 101 cm wide
Dr Brendan Nelson, AO is a public figure, politician and physician. He has served as Director of the Australian War Memorial, Australia’s Ambassador to the EU, Belgium, Luxembourg and NATO, Leader of the opposition and Liberal Party, Minister for Defence, Minister for Education, Science and Training and President of the Australian Medical Association.
Over the course of his portrait sitting Brendan struck me as someone with a deep sense of service and love of country. Brendan epitomises all those individuals in public life that have lived a life in the service of others and are motivated by a genuine desire to effect positive change.