Brian and Gene, 2009 by Gary Grealy

image of Brian and Gene 2009 by Gary Grealy

Artist's statement

The portrait of Brian and Gene Sherman was inspired by two things. Firstly an ABC radio interview with Brian about Voiceless, a philanthropic trust for animal protection. Secondly Richard Avedon's photograph of Marcel Duchamp with his hands to his face, and Irving Penn's photograph of Truman Capote with his eyes closed. In showing Gene's hands touching Brian's face, I wanted to depict the Shermans as symbolising support, in relation to their many philanthropic activities including the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and also of each other – a partnership on many levels.