Thom Roberts

Dinkie is Thom's friend

This is a portriff [portrait] of the lady who cleans the bathrooms at Studio A. Her real name is Subita but I call her Dinkie Duck because I like to rename people and places. Whenever she appears, wheeling her trolley, I always say, ‘Oh no, not my friend Dinkie Duck!’ and I tell everyone at the studio, ‘Guess who’s here, it’s Dinkie!’ It sounds like I don’t like it when she arrives, but I am just kidding. She is my friend. I wanted to paint Dinkie, and Woody [Studio A principal artist Emma Johnston] helped me ask her. I wanted to do a big painting of Dinkie. As big as real life.

Thom Roberts, 2024

Art Gallery of NSW

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