LOCAL artist Greg Fergusson has created a portrait to capture the fun, colour and zaniness of the stage musical The Island of Doctor Moron.
He entered the portrait in this year’s Archibald Prize competition.
“There were over 2000 entries in the Archibald this year,” Fergusson said.
“All artists enter with a sense of participation, a willingness to share our works.
"Many of us try to encapsulate the spirit of J.F Archibald who founded the competition.
"He was the founder of The Bulletin, a magazine renowned for its biting sarcasm wit and caricatures.”
Fergusson is a prolific artist who works in a variety of mediums.
He is no stranger to having his work exhibited.
While living in the Southern Highlands, Fergusson’s works were hung regularly in some of the most prestigious galleries in the area.
His work has also been exhibited at various galleries in Canberra.
In 2012, Simon Crean, the then federal Arts Minister, opened Fergusson’s Aboriginal and Islander Inspirations Exhibition at the National Convention Centre, where his powerful
portrait of Eddie Mabo, the first successful Native Title claimant, was featured as the centrepiece.
Another of his more prominent works is a giant portrait of Eddie Mabo’s wife, Bonita, which was
unveiled at the famous Artists Shed Gallery in Queanbeyan.
Fergusson recently moved to Crescent Head.
He said: “I read about Chis Dockrill’s project with The Island of Doctor Moron in The Argus and knew I wanted to paint him.
"His achievement is truly inspirational.
"In the face of so many otherwise overwhelming obstacles, Chris and his wife, Lyn, went on to establish a theatre in the heart of Sydney and then launch an amazing rock musical. It is an artistic achievement on a grand scale.”
Asked for his response to the finished work, Chris laughs and says: “Well, he’s sat me on Doc Moron’s throne, dressed me in Voodoo Valma’s hat full of feathers and pearls and had me clutching her mother-of-pearl sword. I guess you could say, it’s not your typical portrait.”
Fergusson said: “I wanted to capture the fun, colour and zaniness of the show.
“I surrounded Chris with numerous symbols from the show, like Balthasar’s voodoo totem, elements of the jungle, the band, etc.
"Chris was great with it. I guess anyone who could create something like The Island of Doctor Moron would have to be willing to take a chance on a portrait like this.”