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Friday, July 29, 2005

Portrait of the artist as someone with 'a day job'

The Mercury: Portrait of the artist as someone with 'a day job' [29jul05]

MENTAL and physical stamina is essential for the aspiring artist, acclaimed Tasmanian painter Geoff Dyer told the students of Taroona High School last night.

And plan to have "a day job" because instant success after art school is unlikely, the Archibald Prize-winning painter advised.

"It's not like being a popstar."

Dyer was an art teacher for more than a decade before being able to support himself as a painter.

And it was nearly a quarter of a century before he won Australia's most prestigious art prize, the Archibald, in 2003.


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