25 March, 2006

archibald winner 2006

Marcus Wills, The Paul Juraszek monolith (after Gheeraerts): Click to enlarge

2006 Archibald Prize winner
Marcus Wills
The Paul Juraszek monolith (after Marcus Gheeraerts)

The Paul Juraszek monolith was inspired by an etching called Allegory of iconoclasm by Marcus Gheeraerts the elder, a Flemish engraver, illustrator and painter best remembered as the illustrator of the 1567 edition of Aesop's fables. Wills saw the etching in a book whilst researching some paintings he was making based on the apocalypse and thought heÕd like to do something with it.

Allegory of Iconoclasm

Marcus Gheerhaets the Elder, Allegory of Iconoclasm, c.1566 –1568
etching 15” x 10.4”, British Museum, London

Casting around for a subject for his own version, Wills thought of Paul Juraszek whom he had met when they showed at the same gallery. Juraszek is a Melbourne-based sculptor, who makes mostly animals from myths and legends. "As it turned out he suited the subject even better than I could possibly have imagined," says Wills.

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