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Jordan Richardson’s subject is political journalist, commentator and television host Annabel Crabb.
‘I met Annabel by chance at an event I was attending where she happened to be doing an interview. She talked about her career, her experiences and her life in general, and I sat there completely enthralled, knowing she’d make an excellent subject,’ says Richardson.
‘Annabel was more than happy to play around with ideas and work with my desire to create something formal yet bizarre. I wanted to strip her of her iconic artefacts like her glasses and rings, and just show her powerful gaze in a strangely serious way. I think what I love so much about Annabel is that she is a living example of how femininity and strength are not mutually exclusive. Painting her portrait has been a real pleasure.’
Born in Sydney in 1993, Richardson lives and works on the Central Coast in New South Wales. He has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the National Art School. This is the third time he has been selected as an Archibald Prize finalist.