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Kilroy Was Here by Paul (Zoob) de Zubicarary

Kilroy Was Here

Paul (Zoob) de Zubicarary

A portrait of
Debbie Kilroy OAM
Medium
Oil on canvas

Dimensions

42 x 52 cm

Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category
No specific categories
About the artwork

Paul de Zubicaray painted Debbie Kilroy to raise awareness of the selfless work she does for others. Of Kilroy, de Zubicaray says that although she has seen sorrow and misfortune, “her face still conveys a gentle sense of empathy with steely determination. This is what I wanted to capture in this portrait. She is a true Brisbane icon.”

About the sitter

Debbie Kilroy OAM is a former prisoner who has risen above adversity to become an author, qualified social worker and practicing lawyer. She is one of Australia’s leading advocates for protecting the human rights of institutionalised women and children through her advocacy group Sisters Inside. 

About the artist

Paul de Zubicaray (Zoob) is an emerging fine artist based in Brisbane, specialising in oil painting and portraiture through his impasto style that is influenced by the old masters and pop art. He lives his life by the quote: “no such things as spare time. No such thing as free time. No such thing as down time. All you got is life time” – Henry Rollins.

“Although she has seen sorrow and misfortune, "her face still conveys a gentle sense of empathy with steely determination.”