Before the crossroads (Vin age 11)
About the artwork and sitter
The sitter is Fiona’s 11 year old son, Vincent, and was captured during a transitional period after their family’s recent move to Brisbane.
‘The heat, the smell, the sound and even the architecture all feel so viscerally different. We are in a state of flux.’
‘It reminds me of poem by Swedish poet and psychologist, Tomas Transtromer called the Blue House, where he reflects on the choices we make in life – It is before the crossroads, before the irrevocable choices. I am grateful for this life! And yet I miss the alternatives. All sketches wish to be real.’
She uses her trademark monochrome pallete and airbrush technique, imbuing the work with an ephemeral feeling of the complexities of transition, and future possibility.
About the artist
Archibald Prize winner Fiona Lowry is best known for her contemporary rendering of two traditional genres: landscape and portraiture.
She has been a regular exhibitor in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. Her work has been acquired by institutions across the country such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and Artbank.