South Australia based artist Jaye Early is a finalist in this year's Archibald Prize with his portrait of artist and academic Masato Takasaka.
Jaye says of Takasaka, 'Masato is a kind person with a tender disposition. I enjoy his intelligent sense of the absurd, along with his playful, distinctive sarcasm.' We asked Jaye a few questions about his experience being a finalist for 2021.
Where are you based?
What inspired you to paint this particular subject?
It was my instinct that first convinced me that Masato would make an ideal subject to paint. Masato is a great person with a unique perspective and engagement with the world around him. I admire his intellect and his, somewhat, sardonic sense of humour. He’s also a really great artist.
How long did the painting take to complete?
Actually, not too long. From memory, it took approx. 4 hours from start to finish
What has been your favourite part of being an Archibald finalist?
My favourite part of being an Archibald finalist has been the opportunity to be exhibited alongside some of Australia’s finest painters. Some of the finalists are friends and peers, while others are artists that I admire greatly. I have also enjoyed having the opportunity to have my painting more widely exhibited in several fantastic galleries.
Thank you Jaye, we can't wait to host your portrait at the Gippsland Art Gallery.