I’m going to be auctioning off the painting I did of Julian Assange’s father for my entry into the Archibald Prize portraits contest as part of a benefit event for the campaign to free Assange.

All around the world there have been events organized for Julian Assange’s 52nd birthday, coming up July 3. Assange’s brother Gabriel Shipton, along with the Melbourne for Wikileaks people and the Assange Defense fund, are putting on a party at a bar in Melbourne. I’m going to be displaying some of my series of Assange oil paintings, which are part of a series called The Disappearing of Julian Assange.

The show includes my entry for Australia’s favorite art prize, the Archibalds. It’s a wall-sized oil portrait of John Shipton, father and champion campaigner of Julian Assange, sitting in my favorite red chair, holding a photo of his son.

This painting will be auctioned off and all proceeds will go to the Assange Defense fund.

Here’s the blurb I wrote for the auction:

Created for the 2023 Archibald portrait prize, Australia’s most famous art prize, “Assange’s Dad” is a portrait of John Shipton, the father of Australia’s most famous journalist Julian Assange.

All proceeds from the auction will go to action.assangecampaign.org.au

The painting will be on show at the Sounds Of Freedom benefit event this coming Saturday July 1 at Bar Oussou where bids will be taken and the winner of the auction will be announced by Julian Assange’s brother and son of John Shipton, Gabriel Shipton.

Assange’s Dad is the 15th piece in a series called The Disappearing Of Julian Assange. It’s a wall-sized 60″ x 48″ (152cm x 122cm) stretched canvas portrait of John Shipton holding a picture of his son Julian Assange. It comes ready-to-hang.

You don’t have to go to the event to make a bid. The auction is online from now until the close of the evening.

Details of the painting: Assange’s Dad, Oil on canvas 60″ x 48″ (1.5m x 1.25m)

International shipping available

You can bid here: https://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/caitlin-johnstone/assanges-dad/1070579

Here’s the details and the tickets for the event: https://actionnetwork.org/ticketed_events/sounds-of-freedom

The benefit is from 2pm at Bar Oussou in Brunswick just outside of the city of Melbourne.

More details about the event here: https://www.action.assangecampaign.org.au/sounds-of-freedom

Here’s the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/809085954114167/


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