Cherry Hood lives and works in the Southern Highlands of NSW. She has become well known for her haunting, large-scale images of young boy’s faces. In the last year she has started to add girls faces to her repertoire, but adolescent boys, with androgenous features, still dominate each exhibition. She is passionate about her subject matter, and feels a strong platonic love for each face.
Cherry paints these images using watercolour on canvas, which is then sealed. The dribbles and runs of the watercolours stain each young face, like permanent tears. In recent years she has added in backgrounds to each image, often butterflies, flowers or plant forms.
Hood was the winner of the 2002 Archibald Prize, the most prestigious painting award in Australia, with her portrait of the young pianist Simon Tedeschi.
Lately Hood has exhibited in the galleries which represent her:
Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney, Heiser Gallery in Brisbane, Turner Gallery in Perth and Greenaway Gallery in Adelaide.
Image : "TIMMY" 2006 watercolour on canvas 95 x 80 cm
Courtesy of the artist.