Encouraged by Grahame Sydney, Simon Richardson opted for solid observation over fashionable conceptual art and is now a sought-after portraitist.
Not many artists make their name immortalising the bare buttocks of a burly All Black on canvas. But Dunedin painter Simon Richardson can claim that honour.
His work Back Field, a striking rear view of Anton Oliver’s slab-like shoulders, pale haunches and sturdy legs, attracted attention for more than its artistic merit when it featured in an Auckland exhibition five years ago. The rugby player had agreed to pose nude for Richardson, a friend, without anticipating the publicity – and derision – he would cop when his identity as the model was revealed.
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