Subject may help duo rise to fame

HE has floated through his celebrity client scandals and more than one person has used Max Markson and hot air in the same sentence.

Yet the celebrity agent and Sydney personality has left an indelible mark on the Australian entertainment scene.

Now, the floating spectre of Mr Markson is leaving its mark on the art world.

Marcoola artists Shane Bowden and Dean Reilly spent a morning with Mr Markson preparing for what would become Celebrity Publicist, their entry into the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Their representation of Mr Markson, who stands defiantly with his head held high, stood out among the 400 submitted works to make the short-list.

It is the second year in a row Shane and Dean have been named finalists in the prestigious art prize, something which did not surprise this year's subject.

“I think it is a great painting,” Mr Markson said. “Me, hanging in mid air, the striking reds and blues, I loved it.”

Last year's entry I Am David missed out on the prize but the artists have continued to make waves in the art world.

Their portrait of morning show weatherman Steve Jacobs, titled I wake up with Today, was named a finalist in the 2010 Archibald Prize and launched the artists, who run Noosa's Le Blanc Contemporary Art gallery, into the national spotlight.

But as far as Mr Markson is concerned, their portrait of him can go and hang ... in his personal collection.

“I am very much looking forward to hanging it in my home,” he said.

“Very much so.”

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