Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"This is one of a series of self-portraits that began its life in my art journal. It portrays me during my longest hospital admission, following a coma, when I looked like a skeleton and hadn't slept properly in months in the ICU. Fellow sick people might recognise the purple Queensland Health gown. I'm better now."
Jesse Jones is a Brisbane artist who works primarily in acrylic, ink and watercolour. His influences include post-impressionist painters and contemporary illustrators such as Ralph Steadman.
Jesse lives with bipolar disorder as well as chronic physical illnesses. Despite having prosopagnosia (face-blindness), he enjoys creating non-realistic portraits and expressing himself through self-portraiture.
Jesse divides his time between home and various hospitals. He began painting as creative therapy during an inpatient psychiatric admission.
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