By Jane Howard
Finalists in Ramsay Art Prize, which awards $100,000 to an artist under 40, show the future of Australian art is far more than paintings by white men
Celeste Chandler’s Heroic Painting, a series of self portraits in which the artist has painted herself with facial hair crafted from shaving foam, emulates our understanding of the form. Her fifteen faces are serious and thoughtful, the image of the intelligent and respected artist, the male signature of facial hair sitting slightly odd against her feminine features. In the work, she asks the viewer to consider whose art has typically been afforded space in our state galleries and in the art world: paintings by white men.