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Jamie by Matthew Tervo

Jamie

Matthew Tervo

Sitter

Jamie Dunn

Medium

Acrylic on Canvas

Dimensions

192 x 122 cm

Representation

The artist represents themselves

Category

Performing Arts and Music Award

About the artwork and sitter

Jamie Dunn is a TV and radio personality, puppeteer and comedian. He was on B105’s morning show for 15 years, and is now on radio station 89.9 FM.

Tervo first met Dunn when he was 18, attempting to walk home from the Valley to Capalaba at 4am. By sheer coincidence, he stumbled across the path of Dunn in Cannon Hill. After hearing Tervo’s tale, Dunn drove out of his way to get a tired Tervo home.

“This story is indicative of the deeds that go unmentioned by Jamie. This deeply paternal nature is evident as he rests a gentle hand on Agro, while the right hand, that is the soul of Agro, sits ready to perform. While the boisterous Agro has been Dunn’s facade, this portrait is a tribute to the magic of the caring man that sits quietly behind.”

About the artist

Matthew Tervo has a background in street art and graffiti and “comes from a culture of mark-makers who believe in artistic rules being more of a suggestion. Recognisable by his long flowing mullet, the artist is considered a larrikin and seeks to paint subjects that reflect his own larrikin identity.”

“While the boisterous Agro has been Dunn's facade, this portrait is a tribute to the magic of the caring man that sits quietly behind.”

Behind the scenes