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The Good son.

Tennyson, K. Good son. 2012

Tennyson, K. Good son. 2012

I’ve decided to collect up all the portraits of children I can find that are entered into various painting prizes over the last little while. I’m interested in knowing if the child as subject is still primarily the domain of the female artists.

This one was a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2012 and is by Cairns based artist Kristin Tennyson. It’s a delightful painting titled Good son.

I’m attracted by a number of features in the piece including the contrast provided by black background which highlights the play between ‘son’ and ‘sun’ and the little boy’s golden halo. It cleverly references those thousands of Madonna and Child images I have written about in the past.

Stay tuned for my continued research!


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