12 January 2017
Main image Claudia, Spartacus and the Robots by Kate Beynon. Kate Beynon is represented by Sutton Gallery Melbourne and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Image courtesy of the artist.
It was such an honour to be painted for the 2016 Archibald Prize by the very talented Kate Beynon. It was even more exciting that the portrait Claudia, Spartacus and the Robots was selected as a finalist! Kate Beynon, who is a 6 time Archibald finalist, was a guest on Claudia’s tour China : Art Deco to Art Now. After a few cocktails in a swanky Shanghai bar, Kate asked Claudia to be her subject for the 2016 Archibald Prize. After another cocktail, it was a done deal!
When discussing her inspiration for the painting, Kate said ‘I was struck by Claudia’s distinctive style, knowledge and energy, and saw her as a contemporary art deco goddess.’
‘The trip was a source of inspiration, and I wanted to reflect on our shared mixed Chinese ancestry. The qipao Claudia wears connects with our Shanghai experience and my interest in mask imagery. When I sketched her in Sydney, I was intrigued by her extensive collection of vintage toys. I wanted to portray Claudia with Spartacus (her and her husband ... Read more