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Adam (Adam Goodes)

2014
Alan Jones

oil and synthetic polymer paint on linen (frame: 173.7 cm x 158.8 cm depth 6.1 cm, support: 171.0 cm x 156.0 cm)

Adnyamathanha/Narungga man Adam Goodes (b. 1980) is a former champion AFL footballer who played 369 games with the Sydney Swans. Recognised as one of Australia's great footballers, he is a dual Brownlow medallist, a four-time All-Australian member of the Indigenous Team of the Century, and has represented Australia in the International Rules Series. With his cousin and fellow AFL football star Michael O'Loughlin, Goodes established the GO Foundation in 2009 to provide educational opportunities and mentoring for the next Indigenous generation. Awarded Australian of the Year in 2014, he has challenged endemic racism both on and off the field. After his early retirement in 2015, following repeated on-field heckling and a lack of support from the AFL, he co-founded the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium, which helps Indigenous businesses work in long-term nation building projects.

This work was a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize. As artist Alan Jones noted in his Archibald artist's statement: 'I have wanted to paint Adam's portrait for years. I'm a big Swans supporter and Adam is a champion of the game. I have enormous respect for the strength and integrity he shows both on and off the field. I chose to paint a dual portrait to convey the many facets of Adam's life. I wanted to capture his warm, gentle nature quite separately to the footballer fans see each week.'

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
© Alan Jones/Copyright Agency, 2021

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Artist and subject

Alan Jones (age 37 in 2014)

Adam Goodes (age 34 in 2014)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

Donated by

Patrick Corrigan AM (123 portraits)

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