Acrylic on stretched canvas
1220 x 1520 mm
This Painting was a finalist in the Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize 2018
Artists Stament -
Saroo Brierley is an Indian-born Australian who, at age five, was accidentally separated from his mother in India. He was then adopted by an Australian couple who lived in Hobart. 25 years later, through incredible circumstances, he was reunited with his long lost biological mother. Saroo's story was immortalised in his best-selling autobiographical account LION: A Long Way Home.
In 2016, Saroo’s book was adapted into the critically acclaimed film LION, starring Dev Patel as Saroo, Nicole Kidman as his adoptive mother, Sue Brierley, and David Wenham as his adoptive father John Brierley. LION was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture
Saroo spent years searching images on Google Earth hoping to find his lost home. Relying on vague childhood memories of the railway station in which he was lost, he was eventually able to trace a path back through old streets to what appeared to be the place he and his family once lived. I was inspired by his blind faith and tenacity. I chose to paint Saroo from an unusual overhead perspective. I wanted to isolate him and throw a wink at the pivotal role satellite imagery played in allowing him to find his home.