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Lee Wilkes by Campbell Paton

Lee Wilkes

Campbell Paton

Sitter

Lee Wilkes

Medium

Oil 

Dimensions

60 x 85 cm

Representation

The artist represents themselves

About the artwork and sitter

Lee Wilkes is a Brisbane artist working primarily with landscape as a means of blurring time, space and memory. He also works as an assistant photographer for QAGOMA’s collection digitisation project.

“Impermanence and transformation are expressed in Lee’s rugged landscapes, with ambiguous horizon lines blending the boundaries between land, sea and sky – echoed here in the hazy background of his portrait. The half cropped pose in semi-profile and muted blue palette pay subtle homage to Titian’s A Man with a Quilted Sleeve.

Lee treks to remote and isolated locations to find inspiration from the Australian landscape. I wanted to capture Lee in this moment, preparing for the adventure; the untold story of an artist’s dedication to his creative process.”

About the artist

Campbell Paton creates detailed, representational portraits in oils, with sitters including friends and fellow artists. He is also doing an ongoing series, documenting work colleagues from his day job at Qantaslink. He studied Design Communication at Melbourne’s RMIT, moving to Brisbane after a long career in graphic design and illustration. Campbell was a 2019 Brisbane Portrait Prize finalist and in 2020 Salon des Refuses.

“Lee treks to remote and isolated locations to find inspiration from the Australian landscape. I wanted to capture Lee in this moment, preparing for the adventure; the untold story of an artist’s dedication to his creative process.”