Tuesday, April 28, 2009
ANOTHER IMAGE OF PAIN
Artist Tom Carment's Bashed Critic - James Waites
"I was thinking of painting a portrait of someone who’d suffered a lot of pain. Myfriend James Waites fell off a cliff almost thirty years ago, nearly died and broke many bones. He mentioned to me that the pain had been ongoing.
So I rang andasked him, “Jim, would you consider yourself a person in pain?” I explained theWindows on Pain fundraiser.
“Funny you rang,” he said, “I was beaten up two nights ago on the train from Parramatta. I’ve got a broken nose and broken ribs and lots of bruises. I’m in bed recovering so I’d appreciate the company.”
I spent three mornings at his bedside. This is the second portrait. James is a theatre critic with forthright views and is not always popular because of that.
He suggested the title Bashed Critic. He’s described the portrait on his blog http://jameswaites.com/?s=tom+carment
“Normally, it’s meant to be the artist who suffers in the making of art, not the subject - but, as David Marr said to me once in the swimming pool, ‘You always do everything back to front, James’”.