About the artwork and sitter
Brisbane-based film and theatre actor Warwick Comber is a large and powerful stage presence, and Richard Whitfield has captured this in this energetic and compelling portrait.
Comber has played character roles in many iconic Australian TV shows including, The Prisoner, Blue Heelers & The Strip, and most recently, King Lear, in The Curator’s King Lear Monster Show.
Whitfield says that Warwick approached the sitting as an actor. “I wanted it to be about him. It took some time taking Warwick from being King Lear to being Warwick. He’s a big powerful man, also elderly, and I am inspired by Iggy Pop, who never wears shirts. There is body positivity for women of all ages, but not so much men.
“I wanted to work with the wind, to have movement, and to portray him as powerful, but also vulnerable.”
About the artist
Richard Whitfield has worked for most of Australia’s top magazines, as well as many overseas titles. Best known for his editorial portraiture, Richard studied Fine Art in his native UK before wanderlust brought him to Brisbane via Sydney and Hong Kong.