Portrait of Jack Charles
Archibald Prize Entry
Oil on Linen, 2012
Watching from the sidelines it has always surprised me how many times Michael reinvents his paintings, and I am often sad when a part I liked disappears. So, when he started this Archibald entry I requested he take photos along the way to keep a record of the whole project.
Of course, I didn’t know that this portrait would be the ultimate shape-shifter!
Michael’s portrait style is not the meticulous, centimetre by centimetre photographic record of some artists. His aim is to capture a mood or feeling from a subject and, as you can see in the video below, choosing a definitive version can be tricky.
Here is a glimpse into quite a tangled journey.
About Jack Charles
Jack first came to Michael’s attention as the subject of the recent documentary “Bastardy”, a seven year journey through Jack’s life as he juggled homelessness, drug addiction, jail time and acting. The juxtaposition of Jack’s darker times with his success as a film and stage actor, and his irrepressible charm and energy no matter where he found himself immediately appealed to Michael.
During sittings Jack shared anecdotes from his life and work; rehearsed lines; and discussed his dream of becoming a positive role model for his community.
Michael remains grateful to Jack for his generosity and time.