IT’S the artwork sealed with a stroke of serendipity.
Former Newcastle woman Megan Adams has unveiled her entry for this year’s Archibald Prize, a portrait of AFL legend Adam Goodes, who was subject to sustained racism in the final year of his career.
Adams’ multicoloured work is titled Colour Doesn’t Matter, with Adams deciding to paint the piece after witnessing racism in her personal life.
The young artist couldn’t believe her luck after bumping into Goodes in a Darwin street last year.
“I asked Adam if I could paint him and he really took the time to look through my website and my previous works,” she said.
Before she knew it she was sitting down with Goodes to paint his portrait in his Sydney home.
Adams said proceeds from the sale of the portrait would be donated to the GO Foundation.
“I’m so passionate about putting a stop to racism here in Australia … the colour of your skin does not matter,” she said.
The Archibald finalists will be announced on July 20.