Well, as my ‘How to win the Archibald Prize’ journey ends for 2015 I wanted to answer the #6 most common questions from readers. Here they are...
If you had only one minute to explain your ‘How to win the Archibald Prize' journey, how would you do it?
I would use this picture and scribbling below!
How did you fare? If you think the Archibald Prize is an art prize, everyone lost except Nigel Milsom. If it’s not (which it isn’t) then I won. My explanation is here.
What do you look like? Would Batman show what he really looks like?
What’s next? At the opening of the Archibald I realised it was mostly poor artists painting in the hopes of rich, immaculately beautiful (and sartorially eccentric) people noticing their works in a giant building with white walls. It’s a wonderful and curious world, but next I’ll do the very opposite. If you’d like to follow that next radical journey just subscribe to my newsletter (I’d love to share with you!).
More immediately, I was issued a challenge for the Moran Prize….I met Artist Samuel Condon at the Archibald opening recently (killer portrait of John Jarratt) and last week he issued me with a challenge to enter the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize with my rebellious style-flavour.
I counter-challenged Samuel with a radical suggestion to collaborate by spending no more than 60 minutes each.
With my 60 minutes I created a happily yellow-suited Samuel staring dramatically below (you can see all the details here).
I would love him to now replicate my piece in his masterful oil on canvas way but limiting himself to a rapid 60 minutes (you'd be amazed what you can do in 60 minutes, really - Adele wrote 'Skyfall' in under an hour, likewise Taylor Swift with 'We are never getting back together' in 2012) .
Busy artist and student he is (Masters of Curatorship etc.) he was hesitant. Let's encourage him to collaborate with me to give the art world something relatably off-kilter...
Can I buy your A to Z of the Archibald? Boy, I’d love that immeasurably (subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll let you know when it is ready!)
What did you do before this whole Archibald thing? I sit in plain sight in Sydney (possibly New York, Tokyo, Melbourne, Adelaide, Dunedoon) and draw unnoticed people and imagine their stories. Here is some of my stuff although I’ve another fifty I’m finishing as we speak.
Thanks for sharing my life for the past few months, here’s to the next chapter!
These are the most common questions asked of Oscar.
● Why are your products so special?
Many products (including wall art and t-shirts) are made by combining stock art (you know, images you can buy on used on bad advertisements) to make pretty patterns that don't mean a lot.
Oscar’s works are original and interesting - all designed and crafted using his own hands onto real paper with his imagination, real pencils and ink. That’s what makes each piece like nothing else in the world.
● What are the prints made of? Why are they such quality?
Each piece is printed onto the finest museum grade paper. Oscar chooses the Hahnemuhle brand because it feels and looks superb (if you’re interested it’s acid free and calcium carbonate buffered) plus it can last longer than 100 years!
The inking process is called giclée printing and is a high-quality way of getting ink onto the best paper.
id="size" ● Which size is right for me? A few helpful things to consider:
A4 is small and good for a small desk, kitchen or small wall like a corner.
A3 is medium and good for a larger desk, larger kitchen or moderate sized wall.
A2 a larger and really nice on a wall, behind a bed or desk, adorning a hallway or thoroughfare.
A1 a very large and a wonderful way to make an impact in a room, office, reception, thoroughfare or atrium. Pow.
A4 210 x 297 mm | 8.3 x 11.7 in
A3 297 x 420 mm | 11.7 x 16.5 in
A2 420 x 594 mm | 16.5 x 23.4 in
A1 594 x 841 mm | 23.4 x 33.1 in
● Do you offer free worldwide shipping?
Oscar offers free shipping to anywhere in the world. The farthest flung so far is the Netherlands, United States and England but he’d love to go even further! (perhaps you’re from Nepal or Antarctica maybe?)
● How can Oscar offer free shipping?
Well, Oscar loves free shipping and it’s worth what it costs him for radically happy customers!
● Can I return and get a refund if I’m not 100% happy?
Yes! Of course. Oscar wants you to be radically happy and satisfied (that’s good business isn’t it? But also good humanness...). We’re convinced you will be! But if for whatever reason you’re not super happy please contact us and we’ll arrange a full refund as soon as humanly possible.
● Oscar is Award-Winning?
Yes. He’s entered and won art prizes including for a piece about a magical bus and its passengers and a 22 page piece Moleskin about a boy who woke up with a strange knowing one day. He was also featured in prominent publications for his work and journey to one of the world’s largest portrait prizes, The Archibald Prize.
But now he prefers to imagine and make to change the world.
● What is Oscar’s life Mission?
Oscar mission is to change the world with a pencil, pens and beautiful paper so that his imaginative tales and creations can be found in rooms, offices, buses and wall facades in town and cities large and small - so people awe at the ordinary.
A billion people on earth would be nice :) A beloved collection of children’s books too (that Roald Dahl would be proud of). Oh, and a film trilogy...
But I’d love to start (if you don’t mind) with you today!
● Have another questions? Contact Oscar here and he'd love to answer it!