LGBTI youth advocate Shelley Argent takes on Archibald
Former President of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Shelley Argent is the subject of an entry in this year’s Archibald Prize.
Shelley was selected as a subject by Sydney art teacher and artist, Iain Scott Wallace, who said he wanted to choose an advocate of the LGBTI community for his entry this year.
“I chose Shelley because I wanted to paint someone who has contributed to the LGBTI community in a significant way. I was so thankful that Shelley agreed to be my subject. She has done an amazing work with helping parents at PLFLAG over the years ...truly worthy of her OAM she received.” Wallace enthused.
Argent said she was honoured to be selected by Iain as a portrait subject.
“When Iain asked me if I would be his subject for this year's entry I was not only surprised and humbled, but extremely honoured. Now that it is completed I am extremely pleased with how Iain portrayed me with his oils and expertise.”
Argent said Wallace had a dream of having one of his paintings hung in the prestigious Archibald Prize and she hoped that her portrait would be the one to achieve his wish.
“I believe Iain's talent is a well kept secret and it's time for his talent to be recognized,” she said.
Wallace’s portrait captures Argent mid chuckle, he told GNN he hoped to capture to capture Argent’s friendly nature.
“I wanted to try and portray her genuine friendliness and infectious laughter she has with everyone she meets.”
Entries to the Archibald Prize close on June 27. Finalist will be on show at the Art Gallery of NSW from July 19.
Image below: Iain Scott Wallace at work in his home studio