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Alex Miller, novelist

2022
Hong Fu

oil on canvas (support: 152.0 cm x 122.0 cm)

Alex Miller, aged 85, is a twice winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award. I met him about 15 years ago at a party hosted by a common friend. What stands out about Alex is how humorous and chatty he is. He likes my art and comes to my exhibitions, and I enjoy speaking to him about various topics. I went to visit his lovely home in Castlemaine and painted a few portraits of him.

For this painting my focus was on showing Alex in deep thought. The hand is the tool of every great writer, so I made that the centrepiece.

Darling Portrait Prize 2020 Highly Commended

Gift of the artist 2022
© Hong Fu

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Artist and subject

Hong Fu (age 76 in 2022)

Alexander Miller (age 86 in 2022)

Donated by

Hong Fu (1 portrait)

Related portraits

1. Alex Miller, 1992. 2. Alex Miller, 1992. All Rick Amor.
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