Really pleased to have three portraits selected, physically printed, framed and hung on the walls of the Perc Tucker Gallery in Townsville … finalists in the biennial ‘2020 Percival Photographic Portrait Prize’ … but … strangely no one is allowed to see them there !
Due to the Covid-19 virus the gallery is still firmly closed. The gallery is hoping that they will be able to open after Queensland’s Stage 2 round of restriction lifting on the 12th June, but that is far from certain. The exhibition runs until 19th July.
In the meantime will have to make do with a ‘virtual tour’ of the work as hung in the cavernous Perc Tucker Gallery. The photographic portraits are mixed on the walls with the generally larger works of the portrait painting prize … so finding specific works is ‘virtually’ problematic. Not a fan of the mixture of painting works and photographic images sharing the walls that’s for sure. Many … if not most … of the photographic works are dwarfed by massive (sometimes gaudy) paintings … but it is nice knowing they are ‘there’.
To save you searching ‘virtually’ … here are my three works that made the cut … ‘Generations – Aurukun’, (bottom) ‘Tomotaro on the Block’ (centre) … and great to see it getting it’s first recognition … ‘Kate … Waiting For Her New Breasts’ (top). (Massive Thanks again Kate !) Both ‘Generations … ‘ and ‘Tomotaro … ‘ have received a lot of recognition previously … just check back through my blog or go to my ‘Awards’ page here.
If you are up for the challenge and would like to attempt see the works that make up the combined Percival exhibitions try here … https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/theatres-and-galleries/perc-tucker-regional-gallery/percival-portrait-painting-prize#top … best of luck.
Images © Brian Cassey