Eyes on the Prize

Two Blue Mountains artists are in the running for this year's prestigious Archibald Prize with the winner to be announced at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday.

Hazelbrook artist Megan Seres made the final cut of 39 with her portrait of Australian actor Brendan Cowell while Blackheath's Mathew Lynn was selected for his painting of fellow Blackheath artist Joan Ross.

After lucking out with a self-portrait last year, Seres moved into the Archibald spotlight for the first time with her work showing Cowell in the role of Hamlet.

"In my painting, I have tried to embody the inner turmoil, vulnerability and sense of impending doom that Brendan portrayed so beautifully as Hamlet. The ambiguity of Hamlet's last line, 'the rest is silence', was incredibly alluring as the title,' she said.

Seres first met the acclaimed actor when she did the paintings for the television series Love My Way in which he starred.

"Brendan is a man of ferocious spirit, energy and audacity,' she said. "I find him inspirational; he has taught me that taking risks can lead to the most exciting moment. He has the ability to see through the darkness and perceive truth in human nature. This was why I asked him to sit for me."


Damien Madigan, Rural Press, Blue Mountains Gazette March 4 2009 p.5