Gordon Wallace and Gordon Bradbery part of Science of Portraiture research project

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery judging the 'likeness' of portraits of himself, for a research project on facial recognition, at RPAA in Port Kembla. Picture: Sylvia Liber
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery judging the 'likeness' of portraits of himself, for a research project on facial recognition, at RPAA in Port Kembla. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Serious scientific research is being conducted inside the Red Point Artists Association (RPAA) in Port Kembla with help from the public.

Until August 19, an exhibition celebrating two of the Illawarra’s most notable Gordons will be on display to collate information about facial recognition.

Gordon Bradbery, Wollongong’s Lord Mayor, and Gordon Wallace, a University of Wollongong Professor and NSW Scientist of the Year.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery judging the 'likeness' of portraits of himself, for a research project on facial recognition, at RPAA in Port Kembla. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery judging the 'likeness' of portraits of himself, for a research project on facial recognition, at RPAA in Port Kembla. Picture: Sylvia Liber

“I’m really fascinated with the area of depiction of faces – how we recognise them, how we process them and how we represent them both in photographs, in drawings,” said project leader Susan Hayes, Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

There will be no winners but Dr Hayes – along with a UK research team from the University of Lincoln – will analyse the results for two research papers on shape and texture of a portrait’s likeness of its subject.

Professor Gordon Wallace also took part in the research project at the Red Point Artists Association in Port Kembla. Picture: Robert Peet

Professor Gordon Wallace also took part in the research project at the Red Point Artists Association in Port Kembla. Picture: Robert Peet

Some obvious observations already seen from the exhibition are the portraits of Bradbery are more serious with the Mayor’s “humour not coming through”. While Wallace was illustrated in a more “relaxed” light from the artists.

The public are invited to make their votes on the accuracy of the 2D Gordon’s versus the real thing at RPAA, 100 Wentworth Street in Port Kembla.

Admission is free, the Science of Portraiture exhibition runs from 10am to 3:30pm until Sunday.