Lisa Munnelly

Lisa Munnelly

Stephen

Stephen

‘Stephen’ 2019
Brushed Powdered Charcoal

The traditional presentation of the silhouette as a clean-cut sharply defined profile is softened and blurred in this work. Rather than as a fixed frozen likeness, the fluid medium of water and powdered charcoal is employed to present the subject as a mercurial shifting series of moments, glimpses and movements.
-Artist statement

Finalist in the 2020 Adam Portraiture Award
Highly Commended
“Superb control of medium to establish the essential characteristics of a lost profile. It is clear that it has taken a lifetime of observation and training to achieve this impression of a summary execution. From a distance this resolves into a silhouette but at close range the detail of the features is exceptionally refined”.

  • Judges comments

  • For New Zealand Portrait Gallery Adam Portrait Award 2020

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