The 2020 Victorian Salon des Refusés
Cat #26 Vicki Sullivan
JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE - BOB STARKIE
oil on Linen
120 cm h x 85 cm w
My subject Bob Starkie, is part of the iconic Australian bank Skyhooks who took the 1970s Australian rock scene by storm. I chose to paint Bob in costume which he still performs in to this day, the frilled-neck lizard jacket and high platform shoes, with a gold leaf background to symbolize his gold stage curtain. ‘Just another day at the office’ was the title Bob came up with for the painting, and I think it is a perfect fit.
I met Bob while campaigning to save Point Nepean as a National Park. Bob organized a free concert with Skyhooksmembers, Daddy Cool, James Reyne and a few other legends. It was a gathering point for supporters to come together and solidify as an action group. Thousands of people came along to sign up for campaign support duties. It was a game changer.
This portrait was submitted for the 2019 Archibald Prize
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