Should I paint a stranger for the Archibald Prize? Bold idea #3 to win


In the future, 10 years from today, the work of a lone stranger, persevering feverishly by candlelit as a social outcast will bring to the world a device that we will all own in a way we can't possibly imagine today.

That distinguished person is a stranger in our midst.

What if I painted that distinguished stranger who has changed the course of history but we don't realise it yet?

It's a statement about the future being created underneath our noses and an encouragement to encourage others and seed your imagination. Think of the scientists Alfred Wegener or Gregor Johann Mendel, or reclusive 20th century artist Henry Darger or the 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. Their distinguishment was known only in hindsight. My painting would be a note to the future's distinguished. Maybe one of them is reading this now?

To you - the reader of my thoughts - should I paint a stranger? 

P.S - I'd love to send you my updates, just go here.

You can see my Archibald Journey here and my other creations and art here.

Theme archibald prize, future, stranger



2 Responses

Ian Alexander
Ian Alexander

May 28, 2016

Oscar- another brilliant but challenging idea. Why shouldn’t a stranger be featured in the conservative old Archibald?
By the way, I’ve booked to come to Sydney for the Archibald prize announcements etc in July. So hope we can cross paths then. Meantime good luck with your work to enter. Think the first idea of a homeless person the best. Will be interesting to see what you finally come up with . Cheers Ian


May 25, 2016

Love your thinking! Do it!
I’ve just moved my office above Black Toast cafe in Annandale and I love reading and re-reading your stories. If you are ever in the hood – pop on up and say hello. We’re a creative agency.

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