This painting is a portrait of my partner Patrick. I have painted him many times over our seven years together but this painting rings the truest. Patrick has an innate ability for deep concentration, when he is absorbed in something he enters an almost zen-like state, all his other senses are muted and it’s impossible to gain his attention. This image represents a sort of division between us. He is almost serene in his absorption but he is also separate from me. Prone to distraction myself, and always attuned to the needs and wants of others, I’m envious and admiring of Patrick’s singular focus and his ability to drown out the noise.
Lucy Fahey studied a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University in Melbourne. Working across the disciplines of illustration, animation and painting for more than 10 years, Lucy has shown work in gallery spaces in Melbourne and created commercial work on commission for public institutions and private clients. Lucy was a recipient of an Australia Council Artstart grant in 2010, and was awarded a creative fellowship through the State Library of Victoria in 2011. Lucy’s work has been acquired to the State Library of Victoria’s permanent collection and Museum Victoria’s permanent collection. She was a finalist in 2019 for the Ravenswood and Milburn art prizes.