86 (Rhyming Slang for Worth Nix)

86 (Rhyming Slang for Worth Nix) by Janne Kearney © Janne Kearney

86 (Rhyming Slang for Worth Nix)
by Janne Kearney
© Janne Kearney

Oil on canvas

Janne Kearney’s work has been seen in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in her native Australia. Kearney is a finalist in the inaugural Australian Pride Network and Queer Art Prize Australia 2017.

The portrait is of an anonymous friend of the artist. Kearney conceived the work to consider perceptions of worth in the contemporary world. She says: ‘Too often our youth are considered worth little to nothing; factories in which they would once have been employed are now places for secretive liaisons. They have recycled these places into underground galleries, places to express their thoughts, feelings and creativeness.’

 

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