Portrait of a Character: Meet the Artists


Nicola Scott
Nicola Scott is an Australian comic book artist working in the American comic book industry. With a history in theatre and costume design, Nicola started pursuing a career in comics in 2001, quickly becoming a fan-favourite artist. She spent the last decade working exclusively for DC Comics on series such as ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Superman’ and New York Times Bestseller ‘Earth 2’. Nicola is currently the co-creator and artist on the critically acclaimed series, ‘Black Magick’, from Image Comics.

In true wonder woman fashion Nicola has decided to create a portrait of Augusta, the leading lady from Steven Carlton’s The Turquoise Elephant.

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Rachel Szalay
Rachel Szalay closely connects with the natural, human and psychological environment through her artistic practice as an actress and as a artist. She completed a degree in Visual Art before successfully auditioning for NIDA and starting her acting career- and her knowledge and mastery of techniques from both acting and fine art are intertwined .In the last few years she has contributed to a number of exhibitions and has had solo shows in Sydney, Victoria and the Blue Mountains. Her artistic response is sensuous, surreal, inquisitive but also deeply affirming. Szalays’ creations combine traditional materials, their cultural history with her response to the mythic Blue Mountains landscape but also to the small town human communities inhabiting it.

 Rachel responded to our Special Event As We Forgive by Tom Holloway.

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Chris Antico 
Chris Antico has been exhibiting for over 25 years. Since his first group exhibition at Barry Stern Galleries in 1989, he has had 10 solo exhibitions and exhibited in numerous group shows. He has also been a finalist in various national art prizes, including the Archibald Prize and and Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Mosman Art Prize, and the Fleurieu Art Prize. In March this year Chris exhibited his latest series titled The Human Condition at The Depot Gallery, where he takes to the road and showed us the detritus he uncovered along the battle-­scarred Australian landscape.

Chris has produced three portraits of characters from The Turquoise Elephant by Steven Carlton.

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Featured artwork from left to right:

-Nicola Scott, Cover image of ‘Black Magick #1’, 2015
-Rachel Szalay, The Deportee, 2011
-Chris Antico, the song that did not want, 2014