An artist’s impression of Troy
The Archibald Prize for portraiture has long captured the Australian public’s attention. The collection is known for presenting public figures in a new and creative light, and this year our very own Leader Troy Grant has become the subject in the finals, depicted on canvas by Dubbo artist Mark Horton.
The painting’s life began in a paddock off Rawsonville Road and is said to reflect Troy’s love and connection with the wide, open spaces of regional NSW. The painting itself is an acrylic on canvas and is by far the largest painting Mark has produced at 1.4 by 1.9 metres.
The painting features Troy holding his police hat and a cross. Of those two aspects, Mark says in his artist’s statement:
As a rookie police detective, he led the charge against child sexual assault in the Catholic church, an investigation that had decades-long ramifications for the church and its many victims, and for Troy himself who effectively prosecuted the very faith to which he remains deeply connected.
Mark, who stood as The Nationals candidate for the seat of Dubbo in 2003 is self-taught, having practiced since childhood. He is a first time finalist in the Archibald Prize and is one of 51 finalists this year. The Western Plains Cultural Centre will host a tour in 2017 that includes the works of the finalists.
You can find more information about the painting here on the NSW Art Gallery’s website.