Liam Nunan

Tommy Murphy, 2021

76 × 61 cm
Best known for his respective stage and film adaptations of Timothy Conigrave's memoir Holding the Man, Tommy Murphy was an active voice in the 2017 marriage equality campaign.

He and his fiancé Dane Crawford had been together for 17 years and engaged for 6. But 4 months after the plebiscite, and with their home guttered for renivations, Dane unexpectedly passed away.

Tommy rebuilt their home to Dane's meticulous design specifications – imprinting his memory in bricks.

Painting Tommy over the past two year has been my meditation on the complex relationship between love and grief, and the places they inhabit.
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