Cronulla artist on exhibit with the best at Hazelhurst, Gymea

From the walls of the Art Gallery of NSW to his present commission at the Australian War Memorial, artist Alexander McKenzie has seen his works grace a diverse canvas.

Now, along with fellow Archibald Prize finalist Mathew Lynn the Cronulla-based painter is seeing one of his portraits hang at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Gymea.

Today the two men attended Hazelhurst for an Artist in Conversation luncheon attended by the Leader

‘‘As far as looking into the soul (of the subject of the painting), that’s rubbish,’’ McKenzie told the Leader.

‘‘It’s no more than a bowl of fruit.’’

This year’s Archibald entries for the two artists - McKenzie for his portrait of actor/musician Toni Collette and Lynn’s of novelist, television presenter and former model Tara Moss - are now on display at Hazelhurst.

Their works along with selected others from the prestigious art prize exhibition are showing as the Achibald Exhibition at Hazelhurst until Sunday, December 8, with entry being free.

See next week's Leader for more. 

Talking the talk: Alexander McKenzie was a guest of Hazelhurst Gallery. Picture: Chris Lane

Talking the talk: Alexander McKenzie was a guest of Hazelhurst Gallery. Picture: Chris Lane

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