February 25th, 2009

Cats - Sawyer: OMGYEY!

Go Mike!

Mike Chavez, an old friend and my former Art Director at Liquid Animation, has spent the last few years building his career as a Serious Artist. I'd heard about him doing gallery shows in Sydney and Melbourne, but it looks like he's really hit the bigtime now. Scrolling through this year's list of finalists for the Archibald Prize, I saw a rather familiar name...

http://www.thearchibaldprize.com.au/finalists/archibald

Mike's is the second image down on the left.

The Archibald Prize is the most prestigious portraiture contest in Australia; the subjects painted are invariably Australians of some fame, importance or achievement, and the grand prizewinner receives $50,000 in prize money (on top of whatever they make selling the portrait afterwards!) The award receives widespread popular-media coverage, which is rare for fine art of any kind.

I've got my fingers crossed for you, Mike!