Sub-Tropical Hometown, Where Painters Wear Hawaiian Shirts
About the artwork and sitter
Ian Smith is an artist, who grew up in Cairns, the same hometown as Jack.
‘The hometown connection continued as we swapped cyclone stories while he sat for me. We now both call Brisbane our home and Ian’s contribution to Brisbane and Queensland more generally makes him the perfect sitter for this prize!’
The title is a reference to Ian’s excellent dress sense but to his own ‘hometown’ series from the 1980s, ink drawings about growing up in the tropics.
‘I focused on capturing Smith’s steely expression while keeping him friendly and relaxed.’
About the artist
Jack Rodgers Rodgers has been a finalist in The Brisbane Portrait Prize and The Percival Portrait Prize. He studied a Bachelor of Fine Art at Griffith University Queensland College of Art, graduating with a double major in painting and drawing. His work has been in exhibitions at the Rockhampton Museum of Art in 2022 and Hervey Bay Regional Gallery in 2023.