Bald Archy Prize Cricketer Portrait

2019 is set to be a big year professionally for me. With a goal of 9 major art prize entries on the to-paint list its sure going to be a busy one! 

The year will be kicking off with my entry for the Bald Archy Prize. Selected as a finalist and selling at the opening Exhibition in Canberra at the Watson Centre, this years subject has certainly been in the hot seat over the last year in sport both here in Australia and Internationally. He certainly has had tongues wagging after getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar (to say the least!) 

Its been exciting getting to sit and watch the Australian Open Tennis on some very warm evenings here in the Southern Highlands while painting some very fine details on this piece.  

Bald Archy Painting

David Boon Portrait on a Cricket Bat

David Boon Portrait on a Cricket Bat
David Boon Portrait on a Cricket Bat
David Boon Portrait on a Cricket Bat

I’m honoured to be involved in an exhibition at the Pavilion at Kiama on Wednesday night where my David Boon portrait will be for sale. 
This is an exciting event raising funds for Willo Industries in Bowral. Willo Industries is a business that supports a young man, Will, who lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Will refurbishes Cricket Bats and then artists, this time round its Kiama Artists, donate their time to create works of art on Wills bats.

Kathryn from Beachside Emporium in Kiama has organised a sensational event along with Wills mum Ange and Im so excited to be a part of it. 

I couldnt think of a better portrait to paint on a cricket bat than of David Boon. Growing up, my mum was ‘in love’ with Boonie. We even had Buttercup stickers on our fridge with his face on it! Mum sure would have loved to have seen this portrait take shape and have been at this event with me on Wednesday!

The portrait shows Boonie in his baggy green hat and, although this is a refurbished Puma bat, the rear has been painted to show Boonies signature Gray Nicolls brand that he played with. 

Signed on the side, this bat is painted in acrylics and sealed and would make a sensational addition to anyones Cricket Memorabilia collection or just a unique piece of art to hang in the home!