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Dr John Brown by Joseph Furlonger

Dr John Brown

Joseph Furlonger

About the artwork and sitter

The inspiration for this portrait came from looking through magazines at Elizabethan portraits, figures with dark backgrounds. ‘And the dark is not meant to be dark – its a richness.’

‘The idea of the small portrait appealed, almost a cameo sized portrait.’

The sitter, John Brown, is a friend of the artist, a collector and arts patron. ‘He has been an influence, someone who I listen to – especially what he thinks about art because his knowledge is so rich.’

About the artist

Joe Furlonger grew up in Samford, where he now lives and works. He is one of Australia’s most respected landscape painters, known for his use of hand-made acrylic paints and reused canvases.

His works are very physical, with large swathes of paint, usually a mix of figurative and abstraction. He has exhibited all over Australia, been an Archibald Prize finalist nine times, and won many fellowships and prizes. He was a BPP finalist in 2019. His work is represented in the all major Galleries. He recently had an exhibtion at QAGOMA called Horizons.

“The idea of the small portrait appealed, almost a cameo sized portrait."