Tom Christophersen Takes Out Our People’s Choice Award

Portrait of Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix Director Takes Out Bluethumb Art Prize 2021 People’s Choice Award

Lensed by Tom Christopherson

The way Maddie is able to realise other creative’s visions, as well as her own, is beyond inspiring to me,” Tom Christophersen explains on his work Lensed.

A portrait of the director of Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix specials Nanette and Douglas has won this year’s Bluethumb Art Prize People’s Choice Award.

By renowned Sydney artist Tom Christophersen, Lensed is a mixed media work of his friend Maddie Parry, who has also directed shows for the ABC such as Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise and Meatwork. The piece took four-and-a-half months to complete.

“The complexity, nuance and sheer compassion Maddie injects into the work she makes inspired me to create my most detailed work to date,” says Tom. “I wanted this portrait to not only document Maddie but to capture the quiet, calm confidence she exudes. I am so proud of this work and of my friend Maddie.”

Bluethumb Art Prize Director Freddy Grant says the work was a clear standout among many brilliant entries. “I just want to say thanks to the voting public for supporting some of Australia’s best artists throughout this competition. It has been a tough year for everyone and the support all entrants have received is phenomenal.”

The People’s Choice Award was voted for by the public from the 400 finalists and 12,659 votes were cast. Not only does Tom win the $3,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fantastic Framing and get invited to show at the winners exhibition at 1 Denison, but one of the lucky voters will be drawn this week to win one of their votes valued up to $2,000.

Huge congratulations to Tom from the whole Bluethumb team! See his reaction to the news on our latest Instagram post:


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Click here to see more incredible art from our People’s Choice Award winner Tom Christophersen on his Bluethumb Profile. 

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