Archibald Prize 2014: Finalist

Juan Ford

19 Jul - 28 Sep 2014

WC Piguenit is often credited as the nation’s first Australian-born professional artist. A sensitive observer of our natural landscapes, intrepid explorer and photographer, he was captivated by dramatic mountain scenery. He is remembered for his sunset-hued depictions of the natural environment.

‘I can relate to Piguenit,’ says Juan Ford. ‘Recently, as a homage, I attempted to channel his vision. I soon realised that this was an impossible and patently absurd thing to do. Naturally, the next best thing is to make a painting about the absurdity of trying to do this in the first place. It’s part tribute, part folly, part self-portrait.’