Archibald Prize entry 2018 Kirin J. Callinan
oil charcoal pigment on canvas
121 cm x 152 cm
Christopher R. Inwood
“This world might be big enough for the both of us”.
After recently meeting in January, Christopher R. Inwood has spent 350 hours painting the avant-garde musician Kirin J. Callinan for the Archibald Prize 2018. You may know Kirin for his ARIA antics, his sharp look or his stage presence but it is his music that has enticed this portrait. Kirin’s music is beautiful, honest, perverse, humorous, and heart felt. His two solo albums, Embracism and Bravado build a ‘sound world’ like no other. At times his music is a jarring reflection of existence, and at other times reveling in the euphoria of pop. As a result of his talent, Kirin has worked with an extensive list of music greats such as Jimmy Barnes, Kevin Parker, Pond, James Chance, Alex Cameron, Connan Mockasin and brothers Neil and Tim Finn.
Inwood’s portraits often deal with the complexity of the individual and the viewer’s reaction to the subject’s representation. As a long-standing fan of Kirin, Inwood’s Archibald entry comes from this perspective, in hopes of depicting the complexity of his music and personality.
“Technology has given us greater access to our idols, thus shaping a filtered experience of them through the digital world. We often idealise the persona of those who we admire as our experience of them is their ‘performed self’. By using a digital aesthetic in my painting, I am expressing my experiences of Kirin’s ‘performed self’, his music and a reflection of a neglected side of his persona.”
Archibald Prize Entry 2018 - Kirin J Callinan
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