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Madison’s Dad by Lily Hannah Sucic

Madison's Dad

Lily Hannah Sucic

A portrait of
Wayne Weaver
Medium
Oil, acrylic & charcoal on canvas

Dimensions

153 x 122 cm
Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category
Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists
About the artwork

Lily Hannah Sucic says, “This portrait reflects the first moment I really saw Wayne, after years knowing him.” She taught art to Weaver’s young daughter, Madison, and saw so much of Weaver in her: an instilled curiosity, tenacity for life, nurtured imagination, gentle love. Sucic’s portrait shows not just “enigma Wayne Weaver”, but also Madison’s Dad. 

About the sitter

Wayne Weaver is an artist, self-taught while serving life in Boggo Road Gaol. His work is a raw narration on the lives and deaths of the souls and stories he encountered doing time inside. Now teacher, Dad, and founder of the Wayne Weaver Foundation, he advocates for prisoner rights using the power of art.

About the artist

Lily Hannah Sucic is a cadmium-stained Brisbane native, happy to again call Brissy home after years flirting with other cities. Her touch-and-go relationship with life extends to her hot-and-cold entanglement with art; an infatuation with translating every hue and cacophony of flavour, sound, and colour of humanity into a visual art.

“Regardless of everybody’s stories they carry with them; etched in scar tissue; smile lines; coffee order – your true story is found through how you treat those you love most.”

Behind the scenes

Regardless of everybody’s stories they carry with them; etched in scar tissue; smile lines; coffee order – your true story is found through how you treat those you love most. 

Nobody (who knows him or has simply passed him on the street) could deny Wayne has rich, colourful, countless stories that are his and only his to tell; although awe-inspiring and worthy of a wide audience in their own right, it’s not what I sought to capture. 

Wayne’s enigma began unravelled when I became art teacher to his daughter and witnessed hidden sides to Wayne shine through in Madison – curiosity, gentleness, tenacity. 

Madison’s Dad is an ode to the love Wayne holds inside of him and gives to those around him