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Portrait of a Young Artist - Jordan Azcune

by Leonard Michael Brown

A portrait of

Jordan Azcune

Medium

Oil on linen

Dimensions

60cm x 90cm

About the artist

As a child, Leonard Brown’s first art teacher was former National Gallery of Australia Director Betty Churcher. Between 1965 and 1969, Brown undertook formal art tuition at Brisbane’s Central Technical College Art School. The lyrical and transcendent works he has created in the intervening 50 years have cemented his place as one of the country’s foremost abstract painters. His works are held in the collections of National Gallery of Australia; every Australian state gallery; and numerous other public, private and educational institutions. In 1975, Brown began the study and practice of Byzantine ikon painting under direction from Bishop Constantine, Russian Orthodox Bishop of Brisbane and is now considered as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of this demanding art form. In this portrait of Jordan Azcune, Brown reactivates the classical drawing and painting training he received more than 50 years ago, in a modernist style reminiscent of those times.

The artist is represented by Andrew Baker Art Dealer. 

About the sitter

Through solo and collaborative practices, Jordan Azcune explores notions of utopia, the ineffable, and larger ideas of optimism. He notes on his website: "Raised as a Jehovahs's Witness and growing up queer, his approach to art making begins with a fluency in biblical theology and uses related visual cues of the 20th century to reconsider histories which map the conflicting intersection of emotion, spirituality, and monumentality. These references are translated by using ancient and contemporary techniques to reveal a fragile state of observance and communion with reality."  Azcune lives and works in South East Queensland. In 2016 he completed Honours in Fine Art at QUT and has since completed a mentorship in Public Art with Lincoln Austin and is apprenticing with theologian and iconographer Leonard Brown, who painted this portrait. 

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