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.
Originally from Brisbane, Liam Nunan is a Sydney based actor and self-taught painter. In 2010 Liam moved to Sydney to study acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. He has performed with Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Malthouse, Queensland Theatre Company and La Boite. Although relatively new to painting Liam has been a semi-finalist in the 2019 Moran Prize; he has been a finalist in the 2020 Brisbane Prize, 2020 Darling Prize, 2020 The Evelyn Chapman Award, 2021 Salon Des Refuses, 2021 Brisbane Prize, 2021 Lester Prize and in 2019 he won the 2019 Lester Prize.

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