Luvvie galoot with waratah and boobs

THE 55 finalists for this year’s Archibald have been announced. The  hopefuls are  the  usual panel van artists, their subjects a traditional line-up of ‘fascinating’ left-wing bores: David Marr, Adam Spencer, Annabel Crabb, Barry Jones, Jack Mundey, Anthony Albanese, Bruce Pascoe, Magda Szubanski, Tim Flannery, Jacinda Ardern. And one exemplar of today’s Liberal Party described in the notes for the portrait as a “committed Catholic” with “progressive views on abortion.” Matt Kean posed for this willingly:


For the portrait, Mouyat had Kean wear a reflective silver skivvy. ‘Matt is dressed in quicksilver to reflect his mercurial personality. My portrait consciously vacillates between portraying him as a futurist seer-saint and a secular idolater.

‘The flaming waratah represents both his passion for his job and the controversy that engulfed him over the summer. While being a committed Catholic, Matt has also drawn fire for his progressive position on abortion. Fearless and nimble in his rationales, Matt treads a bruising line between passion and duty as he searches for balance between his personal beliefs and his constituents’ expectations.’

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56 Responses to Luvvie galoot with waratah and boobs

  1. cuckoo

    “nimble in his rationales”. Must remember that one, next time the wife catches me out.

  2. Slim Cognito

    I wish they would stop labelling their regressive views as “progressive”. It is simply Orwellian to do so.

  3. shady

    Looks like he’s from Star Trek

  4. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Kean is too stupid to even realise this abomination is a piss take.

    While being a committed Catholic … has also drawn fire for his progressive position on abortion

    What is it about collectivist imbeciles and their constant screeching about being “committed Catholics”, especially when it is bleedingly obvious that they’re nothing of the sort?

    Give it a rest, you preposterous dishonest mongrels.

  5. Boambee John

    Matt is dressed in quicksilver to reflect his mercurial personality.

    “Mercurial” = erratic and inconsistent?

  6. ACTOldFart

    I couldn’t help noticing that there was a preponderance of artists or sitters of the dusky persuasion in this year’s finalists. The artists are gaming the system, I think. You are way more likely to score woke progressive correct left brownie points (and hence increase your chances of making the cut-off or even winning) if you are, or portray, some one descended from our original inhabitants, no matter how amateurish or cartoonish the actual work. About the worst possible combination, from the judges’ point of view, would be a mature, well-off white male artist submitting a competent and recognisable portrait of, say, Tony Abbott.

  7. MrZee

    Deborah Conway is painted in the Archibald and is currently losing likes on Facebook for daring to criticise Dan!

  8. Shy Ted

    If you haven’t seen the Pascoe painting, do. He goes to the same tanning salon as Tan Grant.

  9. Annie

    Please pass the sick bucket…

  10. Damon

    “Why has he got breasts?”
    Forgot to take his testosterone tablets.

  11. Bruce

    “nimble in his rationales”

    A situational ethicist, then?

    Then, there are the “artists”…

  12. miltonf

    Says it all about the Lieboral Pardy. BTW, is Trumble still a member?

  13. Robber Baron

    Why any sane elector votes Liberal is beyond my comprehension.

  14. Roger

    Lordy, is that a halo around his head?

  15. Des Deskperson

    Here’s an approving view the Archibalds as ‘progressive’ agitprop rather than art:

    https://theconversation.com/the-most-refreshing-archibald-exhibition-i-can-remember-the-2020-portrait-prize-finalists-146295

    It includes the following, err, appreciations:

    ‘There are four outstanding paintings in the central court, each painted in a different style. Three of them are by Aboriginal artists. ‘

    ‘Behrouz Boochani’s haunting, tortured eyes as painted by Angus McDonald, challenge Australia’s conscience.”

    ‘Anthony Albanese, painted to look like the veteran fighter he is.’

    ‘Goodes is shown in various guises — playing football, lifting his shirt to show he is black and proud, and with the Aboriginal flag. In any other year this would be the stand out entry and a shoo-in for the prize.’

    The Boochani painting is simply another example of the sub artistic practice of taking a photo and reproducing it to look like a photo.

    The Albanese painting isn’t too bad

    The Goodes portrait is simply peurile, but if you have the mind of a Stalinist, than yes, it is a stand out entry. To me, it’s evidence of art world’s version of the racism of low expectations

  16. Tony Taylor

    So many childish daubings.

  17. Bruce

    @ shady:

    “Looks like he’s from Star Trek”

    More like “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

    “Klaatu Barada Nikto” and all that jazz.

  18. John A

    And what an unnatural pose – he’s holding the waratah as if he’s about to drop it, which WOULD be the natural thing to do, but not from there.

  19. No he is definitely from that brilliant movie Galaxy Quest.

  20. miltonf

    Cheap and theatrical. What nasty, grotesque clowns are political class are.

  21. H B Bear

    I would not allow that in my pool room.

  22. candy

    Chosen because he is pro abortion, I suppose.
    I am not seeing strength and interesting character in the portrait. An average looking balding man in a feminine outfit.

  23. Judge Dredd

    A committed Catholic and progressive views on abortion. That’s like being a committed husband, but cheating on your wife.

  24. Xword

    Not one to reprise movies BrettW but two I’ve left in the Fox bank are Galaxy Quest and, despite not being a Liam Nielsen fan, Cold Pursuit. Thanks for the Bruce Pascoe link Shy Ted, please tell me it’s a piss-take

  25. Rex Mango

    Personifies everything wrong with the Liberal Party & art world in one painting.

  26. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Damon at 11:05 am:

    ““Why has he got breasts?”
    Forgot to take his testosterone tablets.”

    Some bloke named Richard painted Julie Fragar’s hairy chest (4th row on the right) – she didn’t forget to take her tablets and made it to the semi finals. Quite fetching really.

  27. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Oooops – didn’t include link I was citing, to the finalists

  28. Bronson

    Rather Judge, irreconcilable I would think. How can a truthful person hold two absolutely contradictory positions at the same time? He is either lieing to himself or to the public.

  29. H B Bear

    Is there a greater cultural cringe than the annual wankfest of the Archibald prize?

  30. H B Bear

    Another Lieboral craving adoration from the left.

  31. Dave in Marybrook

    My letter to the Oz this year. Ungrateful bastards didnae print it, then again- just like the repetition of artists, subjects and sub-Papunya faux-naif paintings- it’s just a repeat of last year’s that got in.

    Sir- or, Madam-

    Christopher Allen’s economical report of this year’s Archibald Prize is a reminder that the monies of the private sector are often hardly more successful in curating lasting works of art than our taxpayer-funded Arts elite. Looking at many of finalists’ works, it’s obvious that the smartphone screen is surely replacing the sketchpad, and mannerism is outperforming mastery- for the choice of many of their subjects, a buzz of celebrity has trumped any compelling life story that might be found in a perceptive and well-composed portrait.

    But with the photorealistic snaps of Iranian Behrouz Boochani and NZ PM Jacinda Ardern, are the trustees of the Archibald Prize really abandoning their Australian-based remit, and looking overseas to further lionize the heroes of the intellectual Left? Are they now seeking to ride on the jet-trails of so many of our inner-city arts festivals and commissioned public artworks, where art seems more a campaign for zeitgeisty hits on social media, than a search for lasting works of accomplishment and insight?

    Sincerely,

    Dave in Marybrook
    Marybrook, MB

  32. a reader

    Surely a good portrait is one that looks like the person, so hyper realism like a photograph is a good thing?

    Easiest thing to do would be to hang the paintings without names attached, have the vote and then announce who the winners in. Cuts out the politics.

  33. NuThink

    Galoot is a left-recursive acronym which means ”
    Galoots are lovers of old tools”.

  34. Whalehunt Fun

    His constituents expectations are that he will be kicked to the kerb and left to rot in his own vomit. I would wish much worse for him but I am thank God not a constituent of this “person”.

  35. Roger

    A committed Catholic and progressive views on abortion. That’s like being a committed husband, but cheating on your wife.

    Well put.

  36. Geriatric Mayfly

    Once wandered upon the creme of the BP Portrait Prize on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Absolutely gobsmacked by most of the entries. Ditto the current Archibald, for directly the opposite reasons.

  37. duncanm

    The pubescent man breasts are disturbing.

  38. Crossie

    While being a committed Catholic, Matt has also drawn fire for his progressive position on abortion.

    He can trumpet his commitment all he wants but if he’s for abortion he is not a Catholic or even a
    Christian.

  39. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Deborah Conway is painted in the Archibald and is currently losing likes on Facebook for daring to criticise Dan!

    Deb Conway is Jooish and this isn’t the first (or hopefully the last) time she’s fallen afoul of collectivist imbeciles.

    Two of my favourite Ozzie Yaartists, DC and NC regularly get right up ’em …

  40. Leo G

    The flaming waratah represents both his passion for his job and the controversy that engulfed him over the summer.

    Considering that the species name of the waratah translates as “very beautiful”, I suggest that the artist was implying that the man poses to reflect in light of his beauty, like Narcissus.

  41. Des Deskperson

    ‘Surely a good portrait is one that looks like the person, so hyper realism like a photograph is a good thing?’

    If you simply copy meticulously from a photo, then the artistic value – if any – you add is limited. You may as well stick with the photo.

    I’m not even sure that, these days, it takes much technical ability, it’s pretty much a paint by numbers exercise. Any competent commercial artist could do it.

    It requires no creativity or imagination.

  42. Squirrel

    The flaming waratah surely represents woefully inadequate hazard reduction.

  43. Hay Stockard

    Tax payers fund this crap.

  44. Hodor

    He is not a Catholic if he supports abortion
    Fuckwit

  45. Gyro Cadiz

    They actually got the Gimp!

    Nice Gimp suit, Gimp.

    I assume the flaming Waratah was for the Gimp’s … ah, use, but the analube caught fire?

    What else could explain the disappointment on his face.

  46. Arky

    Why not a flaming foetus on a stick to symbolise support for a woman’s right to choose?

  47. miltonf

    Australia is so effing soviet- government ‘art’, government films government tv and radio.

  48. Bruce

    Mercurial?

    Shiny but slippery?

    Mercury? The cumulatively toxic metal?

    See also: “Mad as a hatter”.

  49. Nob

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3590820, posted on September 19, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Once wandered upon the creme of the BP Portrait Prize on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Absolutely gobsmacked by most of the entries. Ditto the current Archibald, for directly the opposite reasons.

    Agree about the BP prize. Always worth a look.

    or it was:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50395097

    (A quaint story from about ten months ago when there was apparently a Climate Emergency)

  50. Baysidegal

    Geez his boobs are bigger than Bonking Billy.

  51. Epictetus

    “ …as he searches for balance between his personal beliefs and his constituents’ expectations.”
    My local member, Ms Vamvakinou, has no need to waste time searching for balance. Faced with an overwhelming “no” vote from her electorate in the same-sex marriage plebiscite she just went ahead and voted “yes”, and when asked for an explantation she just ignored my email. For most politicians, their loyalty is to the party, not the people.

  52. Archivist

    Deborah Conway is painted in the Archibald and is currently losing likes on Facebook for daring to criticise Dan!

    She won’t give a fuck about “likes on facebook”. Somehow they let her slip in through the gates long ago, and now she is uncancellable.

  53. RJH

    Kean & his Photis backed RE lobbyists/fraudsters are the reason I will never vote LNP until they are all removed permanently from the political landscape. As Tony Abbott a person of decency & values once said you can’t be both a Lobbyist & a Politician when representing the interests of voters. Whereas Kean is just a narcissistic parody of himself with not even an inkling of understanding of how foolish he looks

  54. Oh come on

    He’s a flaming something, that’s for true.

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