Candy Goldsmith: Boy’s Don’t Cry

Candy Goldsmith Boys Don’t Cry

Artist statement:
Boys don’t cry is a portrait of a 12 year old boy, my son. He recently came ‘out’ as gay just after he turned 12, a year after recovering from a mental health disorder that nearly claimed his life.

Boy’s Don’t Cry speaks of strength and of identity. I felt compelled to capture everything about my sons experience within a single image. This portrait is visibility, it is pain, it is beauty, it is pain, it is reflection and it is strength.

I wanted the work to feel empowered, as if just catching a breath to reset. This is how we speak. This is where art can be a platform for awareness, for understanding  for acceptance

It has been a week since a 14 year old boy at my sons school jumped from a building. He died. It has been around the same time since a 13 year old boy from QLD, who identified as gay also took his own life.

Image: Candy Goldsmith, Boys Don’t Cry 2016. Photograph on aluminium (101 x 76cm)

Price: $1,800 – to purchase original artwork click here! To purchase an A3 giclée archival print, click here!

The winner of the inaugural Queer Art Prize Australia was announced on Friday 13 January 2017. An exhibition of finalists is currently on show at Chapel Off Chapel until Sunday 5 February 2017. For more information, visit: for details.

Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) is an initiative of the Australian Pride Network – ABN: 52 551 990 041

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