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Man with two lives, 2021

Caroline Zilinsky

Darling Portrait Prize 2022 Finalist

Avid art collector John Feitelson is a passionate supporter of the arts in Australia. He is the owner of Artist Profile magazine and Art Almanac.

I titled the painting Man with two lives because we have often discussed the fortuity of living two lives in one lifetime, even if some ghosts remain. The carpet represents the flourishing garden of his ever-sprouting harebrained ideas encircled among the menorah, an homage to his Jewish faith. Here he is bravely seated semi-nude in an Eero Saarinen chair with a copy of Artist Profile and the tiny espresso cup he served at our sitting.

Caroline Zilinsky and John Feitelson
Video: 1 minute 39 seconds

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Other DPP paintings from Caroline Zilinsky

Heiress to the Pied Piper, 2019 Caroline Zilinsky
DPP 2020 Finalist
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