Every Boardroom Needs An Artist

I’m fortunate enough to be one of 12 artists participating in the inaugural ‘Every Boardroom Needs An Artist’ exhibition.

YSC, a global leadership consultancy firm, has paired artists trained at the Julian Ashton Art School with CEOs from Australia and New Zealand to produce portraits to commemorate their 25-year anniversary.

I was assigned Joydeep Hor, the founder and managing director of People + Culture Strategies – an innovative workplace and HR law firm. I found Joydeep to be a wonderful, generous person with a great intellect and exceptional communication skills. (You can read my full artist statement below.)

The portrait was exhibited at YSC’s anniversary celebrations at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Quayside Room on the 11th of November. A big congratulations to Frannie Deane - her portrait of Damian Smith, CEO of Essential Media Communications, took out the top prize. 

Click here for more info on this initiative and visit the Facebook Page for updates on all participating artists. 

Joydeep and I at the Museum of Contemporary Art Quayside Room, where the portraits were unveiled to all participating leaders. 

Joydeep and I at the Museum of Contemporary Art Quayside Room, where the portraits were unveiled to all participating leaders. 

"Upon meeting Joydeep I was struck by his exceptional communication skills and openness, which allowed us to cover a range of topics throughout our sitting. He had a philosophical approach to leadership and success, and had a great deal compassion for others. This was also evidenced by his interest in literature and the work of Charles Dickens.

With this in mind, my goal was to capture an expression in the face that displayed empathy and humility. The position of the hands was carefully considered to reflect his grounded and connected nature. Likewise, the subtle yellow background was used to convey optimism and the red tie was intended to symbolize his bold approach to leadership.

It’s very much a portrait of Joydeep in the workplace - but as he pointed out as the founder of People + Culture Strategies, the professional is also the personal, and I wanted the work to reflect this." 

Sketching Joydeep at our initial sitting in his office on George Street, Sydney. 

Sketching Joydeep at our initial sitting in his office on George Street, Sydney.