Jonathan Sri - The Guardian of Highgate Hill
2022 People's Choice Award
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About the artwork and sitter
In this colourful portrait, Martina Clarke has captured Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri in his trademark colourful clothing.
Clarke says the surroundings are deliberate: “Sitting at the popular sunset spot with West End sprawled across the landscape behind him, Mt Coot-Tha in the distance obscured by the emerging high rises.”
Both a writer and musician, Jonathan is big part of West End’s thriving artists community. Martina Clarke says on the work: “The tumultuous clouds, reminiscent of the severe rainstorms we experienced early this year, show a silver lining, symbolic of Jonathans realistic yet hopeful approach to Brisbane’s greener future.”
About the artist
Martina Clarke is an oil painter immersed in vibrant colour and realism. Heavily inspired by nature, her paintings depict a world of detail with a simple message: relaxation and peace. Clarke completed her BFA at RMIT University (Melbourne) in 2020 and received the Emerging Artist award at the Brisbane Portrait Prize in 2021.