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People’s Choice: Socks & Orange Velvet by Jess Le Clerc

Socks & Orange Velvet

Jess Le Clerc​

2020 People's Choice Award

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About the artwork

Recently, Jess Le Clerc had a cup of tea with Jandamarra on his front porch. He relaxed straight into his orange velvet couch. His face in shadow and his body soaking up the winter sun. Le Clerc says, “He looked into a world I couldn’t see, he spoke about the land and people with great hope.”

About the sitter

Jandamarra Cadd is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung descendent, and an inspirational man with many stories to tell. A visual artist that produces vibrant and expressive portraitures, Jandamarra’s artwork is emotive and insightful, and is a powerful medium to bridge the story telling divide between Aboriginal and mainstream Australia.

About the artist

Jess Le Clerc started painting full time in 2016 – a year before she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize and two years later in 2018 a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Born in Victoria into a dairy farming family, and now living on the Sunshine Coast with her partner and her four children, Le Clerc has been painting and teaching visual art since 1998. She works in a variety of media including painting, illustration, murals and drawing. Her preferred subject is portraits as she believes they reflect the divine spark within every human life. She has been teaching art since she was 17, teaching art classes for children which grew into an art school for all ages when she was living in Sydney. 

“He looked into a world I couldn't see, he spoke about the land and people with great hope."