Paul Croker: A Timeless Devotee
2023 Next Gen Prize
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About the work
This intense and finely worked small portrait is an accomplished work in which the artist honours Paul Crocker, a man who spent his life as a surveyor, working along the east coast of Australia, including Brisbane.
“Hayden Pressley is a repeat entrant in the Next Gen art prize, over the years he has shown both an accomplishment of skills and a dedication to his practice. It is very rare that you can see such talent and persistence in such a young artist. Here Pressley has made considered and sophisticated stylistic choices to capture the experience and aesthetics of storytelling over a campfire—his gestural brushstrokes capture a warm glow that foregrounds the dark backdrop, while the close cropped composition sets an intimate scene. It is clear that Hayden is going to proceed in his practice to forge a strong career as an artist.”
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