Studio A eyes prize

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Daniel Kim and Thom Roberts Picture: Supplied.

THREE north shore artists are taking on the nation’s top portraiture prize, the Archibald, with their unique takes on fellow artists.

The artists — Thom Roberts, Emily Crockford and Daniel Kim- all hail from Studio A, NSW’s only supported studio for professional artists with intellectual disability. The Crows Nest based not-forprofit, established over five years ago, helps artists overcome challenges faced in accessing conventional education and professional development pathways.

Roberts brings his bold colour palette, linework and unique perspective to a portrait of friend and collaborator Scott Wright, artistic director of world renowned puppetry company Erth Visual and Physical Inc.

Crockford will be using her exuberant and colourful painting style to capture her friend and artist Rosie Deacon for the Archibald.

Daniel Kim, whose photorealistic style has been in high demand among private collectors, is painting his friend and fellow Archibald entrant, Thom Roberts.

“Entering the Archibald Prize is a real reflection of our artists’ important and meaningful contribution to a neurodiverse art world,” Gabrielle Mordy, Artistic Director, Studio A, said.