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Set in the jungle of contemporary art

by Robert Hollingworth

Page Extent:320 pages
Book Size:234 x 153 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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Renowned abstract artist, the curmudgeonly octogenarian Giles Paumen, is the head of a family of artists, each of whom he considers less talented than himself. His son Laurence is a conceptual artist and lecturer, code for the fact that, unlike his father, he cannot paint at all. However, granddaughter Sophie has inherited the genes and is making a name for herself as a painter of massive portraits, not that Giles would ever dream of expressing a positive word about her work.

When a new national art prize is announced, each of the Paumen’s secretly enters, the prize galvanizing them to embark in a new direction. Giles will complete a landscape honouring his wife who has recently died. Laurence heads to Uluru intending to capture the true spirit of Australia in this most iconic of outback locations. And Sophie decides to portray the malevolence lurking beneath the benign exterior of that most awful of men, the chauvinist.

What none of them predicts is that they will all become embroiled in an art fraud which threatens to undermine their reputations and devastate their careers. Here, the truth of their narcissistic and insecure personalities is revealed as the underbelly of the art world is exposed in all its ugly, and hilarious, glory.

About the Author

Robert Hollingworth

In 2016 Robert Hollingworth won the London Magazine’s Short Story Award, selected from more than 700 entries worldwide, with The Abstractionist which went on to become the first chapter of A Blank Canvas. He is the author of five other works of fiction, most notably They Called Me The Wildman (2008) which was shortlisted for the 2010 SA Premier’s Literary Award (Fiction category, won by David Malouf) and included on the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge lists. Hollingworth has also written and published many essays, reviews and short stories. He is a nationally recognised award-winning Australian artist having held more than thirty-five solo exhibitions and his work is represented in many public collections.

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