by Ben Keys in New Art on Saturday 28 May 2011

A few years back, Matt Doust was completing portraits using Biro pens, each work a feverish mass of black and blue layered lines. Forward to 2011 and the Perth artist is now creating enormous hyper-realistic oil portraits and was recently named a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

Doust’s portrait of model Gemma Ward was typical of his recent works, which feature dramatic darkened backgrounds and startling, often-confrontational facial features to capture a kind of otherworldly beauty which revels in the smallest imperfections.
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