Sunday, August 15, 2010

CBC News - Art & Design - Portrait of daughter playing dead earns art prize

CBC News - Art & Design - Portrait of daughter playing dead earns art prize: "A painting of Michael Zavros's five-year-old daughter playing dead has earned the Australian realist artist the country's richest portraiture prize.

Phoebe Is Dead/McQueen has been named the latest winner of the $150,000 Aus. (about $141,000 Cdn) Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

The painting shows the artist's eldest daughter lying still, draped in a scarf covered with white skulls. The scarf, which Zavros noted belongs to his wife, is one by the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in February.

In his artist's statement, Zavros noted that the painting was inspired by the fears for his children that haunt him since he became a father.

'Now, as I wait for sleep in the dark of night, I am visited by visions of my children befalling some tragedy and being taken from me,' he wrote in explaining the work."