HEADING TO THE ARCHIBALD:Yamba artist Graham Mackie with his portrait of his friend, fellow artist David Pulson.
HEADING TO THE ARCHIBALD:Yamba artist Graham Mackie with his portrait of his friend, fellow artist David Pulson.

Our entry for this year?s Archibald Prize

By EMMA CORNFORD

THREE bald, vaguely alien-like heads stare at the viewer, bold expressionist lines across the face.

The portrait is Yamba artist Graham Mackie's latest entry in the Archibald Prize.

It depicts his close friend, fellow artist and Archibald Prize finalist, David Pulson.

"I was up on the Sunshine Coast playing cricket last year and I stayed with him for three days because he lives at Melany, and he asked who I was painting and I said 'I thought I'd paint you', because he has a really interesting head and bone structure," Mr Mackie said.

"He was very successful last year. The portrait he painted made it into the finals but ... he didn't enter this year."

Mr Mackie, a semi-retired art and PE teacher at Maclean High School, said he thought his latest entry in the revered art competition was one of his better attempts.

"I've entered the Archibald before but never really seriously. This is probably one of the better ones I've done because I had a lot more time on my hands."

Although it only took around a month to complete the work, Mr Mackie said he thought of ideas for the painting for a few months and planned it before he began.



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