20 March - 9 May 1999 (4)
Dodd, Terri, 'Contemporary painting wins 78th Archibald Prize', 'Australian Artist', Volume XV, Number 12, June 1999, p 27, colour.
Dimensions in cm
200 x 180
2 January 2003
This is the third portrait that David Bromley has painted of film director Scott Hicks. Bromley was incredibly moved by Shine and when he met Hicks “was not surprised that he had made the film. His vision and his sensibilities show in his face and eyes. To paint him, I knew would be an enjoyable experience.”
Bromley asked if he could paint Hicks again this year believing that what he had learnt doing the first two portraits would help him capture Hicks more completely this time. The sitting was done at one of Hicks’ favourite places – a rocky area at Port Elliot on the beachfront in South Australia.
Hicks has just finished making a new film, Snow Falling on Cedars, based on David Guterson’s award-winning novel.
Born in England in 1960, Bromley arrived in Australia in 1964. Since 1987 he has had numerous solo exhibitions around the country. In 1993 he won the Fishers Ghost Award and was a finalist in the Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition. His work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and Germany.
Scott Hicks, the 'progeny of adventurous parents... was born in Uganda and lived in Kenya, just outside Nairobi, until the age of ten. His family then moved, first to England and, when he was 14, on to Adelaide, Australia. Though British citizens, his father and grandfather were born respectively in Burma and the West Indies, and spent their lives in exotic, far-flung locales as civil engineers building railways, bridges and harbors. His mother is Scottish. ...He won an Emmy in 1994 for Submarines:Sharks of Steel and a coveted Peabody Award in 1989 for The Great Wall of Iron....(he) was propelled to the forefront of international filmmakers in 1996, following the release of hs film Shine. Its triumphant premiere at the Sundance Film Festival was just the beginning of world-wide box-office success and numerous honors, including seven Acadamy Award nominations.' (Source: www.snowfallingoncedars.com/filmmakers).