A Blank Canvas
Harbour Publishing House
‘A Blank Canvas’ follows the humorous and ego-driven lives of the Pauman family, three generations of Australian artists working in very different fields. The novel’s satire of art-world types, its hierarchy, commerce and institutions is amusing without casualties. The grandfather is a respected senior abstract artist, who has an air that not much has happened in art since Rothko – except his own, of course. His son was a hotshot of conceptual art, but now his daughter’s popular portraits outstrip both patriarchs. The personas are explored in dedicated chapters, in a distinct authorial voice with a playful vocabulary, as quietly each family member applies for the same art prize, and keep other secrets – for art’s sake.