South Australia

Leaving a mark on speedy painting

Rose Park painter Nicola Semmens will be joining Gavin Wanganeen’s portrait session on August 16 Picture: Calum Robertson

FIVE artists will have an advantage over their footy counterparts when they tackle Gavin Wanganeen in free portrait demonstrations starting on Tuesday as part of the SALA visual arts festival.

The former AFL champion, who won the Brownlow Medal in 1993, and captained Port Power from 1997 to 2000, was famous for his on-field speed and agility.

In his latest off-field role — as a portrait subject — he will have to sit still.

“I’m not used to sitting still but I can do it,” said Wanganeen, who took up painting his own, abstract, night sky works when he retired from playing in 2006.

He sat for a portraitist once, years ago, and when asked, decided he’d do it again.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for people to paint me,” he said.

“And it will be interesting for me to see how portrait artists work.”

Wanganeen and 11 other prominent South Austra…

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