Kilroy Was Here
Paul (Zoob) de Zubicarary
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.