Every Gay’s Mum at the Archibald

imageIain Williamson enters portrait of Shelley Argent in Archibald Prize Award for 2014

Shelley Argent, the mum every Aussie gay boy wishes was his, has been immortalised in paint, and her portrait has been entered in the Archibald.

Iain Williamson has held a dream of having one of his paintings hung in the Sydney Art Gallery for many years. Iain is a very talented art teacher held in high esteem by his students. Shelley said,

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.

I believe Iain’s talent is a well kept secret and it’s time for his talent to be recognised. Iain does his large paintings like this particular portrait in his small kitchen in his trendy townhouse in inner Sydney.”

Iain has captured Shelley’s love of live and outgoing personality, with the glint of steel beneath. Do you think it does her justice?

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)