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Nude painted portrait of queer activist Sally Rugg amidst abstract strokes of nude, purple, blue, gold and salmon.
Oil and acrylic on canvas
60" x 40"

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Sally Rugg is a Sydney-based activist and Executive Director of Change.org. She was named among Harper’s Bazaar’s 5 Women of The Year, and is listed in Amnesty International’s Top 15 Women Championing Human Rights In Australia. She appears regularly in the media and is devoted to equality and fair treatment for all people, from the LGBTQI community, to refugees, to those living below the poverty line. Our initial sitting occurred just before Sally began traveling around Australia to campaign for marriage equality. We had an additional sitting shortly after the announcement of the marriage equality postal survey, which we strongly opposed, and at the time we were both hopeful that marriage equality would become a reality in the near future. I completed the portrait after marriage equality became law in Australia. Throughout the work I push and pull the boundary between realism and abstraction, highlighting the layers and complexity of Sally's identity, strength and beauty.

Exhibition History:

2019 Naked and Nude Art Prize, Friends of Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, Australia
2018 We, the people who live for the beautiful, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi Beach, Australia