It's not every day that Michael Caine blows the bloody doors off an artist's reputation, dubbing them the next Andy Warhol, but that's what happened to Lincoln Townley. The self-taught British artist has been the toast of the art world ever since, painting portraits of everyone from his aforementioned biggest fan to Prince and David Bowie — and a selection of his work is coming to Brisbane.
In The Surprise Collection, Townley turns the darkest depths of the human mind into striking oil paintings, endeavouring to capture the darkness everyone has to overcome in order to become an icon. That term, icon, is one of his recurrent obsessions, with his pictures of famous faces similarly exploring the same topic. Some will also feature in this exhibition.
A joint effort between REDSEA Gallery and Brisbane Powerhouse, The Surprise Collection graces the latter's walls from August 17 to October 1.