Jimmi Buscombe

Connor Ovenden-Shaw

Acrylic and glitter on canvas

Connor Ovenden-Shaw is a prolific queer artist and writer exploring themes of gender, love and body image within their work. Connor completed an Arts degree in 2017 and has exhibited in both the Warrnambool Art Gallery and the F Project Gallery. They have self-published a collection of poetry and produced a number of zines.

In 2018 Connor and partner Ben were the first gay couple to be legally married in South West Victoria. This placed Connor and Ben into the spotlight, attracting community and media attention, congratulations, death threats and physical violence.

My portrait of Connor is a celebration of their resilience, courage and pride, inviting the viewer to consider their relationship to the diversity of the human body, our perceptions of beauty, and the way we accept and care for each other.