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Loribelle Spirovski’s subject is singer, songwriter and musician Megan Washington.
‘Seeing Megan perform on television when I was a teenager, she made an indelible impression on me; her sense of confidence, style, musicality and stage presence were captivating,’ says Spirovski.
‘When I finally saw her live, these impressions were heightened. Ever since that time, I have wanted to paint her but it took five years for our calendars to sync. When we met at her home in Brisbane, I was bowled over by her down-to-earth nature and wicked sense of humour. However, it was her love for her baby Amos and dog Art that endeared me to her the most.’
‘When Meg started singing to Amos, a totally improvised “baby commentary” on what was happening, I felt I was witness to an incredible moment of intimacy and depth that absolutely had to be captured in a painting.’
Born in the Philippines, Spirovski emigrated to Australia in 1999. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney in 2012. Since then, her practice has received international acclaim. Her works are collected throughout the world and she has exhibited in Australia, Europe, USA and the UK. This is her third time as an Archibald Prize finalist.