Renowned abstract artist, the curmudgeonly octogenarian Giles
Paumen, is the head of a family of artists, each of whom he considers
less talented than himself. His son Laurence is a conceptual
artist and lecturer, code for the fact that, unlike his father, he cannot
paint at all. However, granddaughter Sophie has inherited the
genes and is making a name for herself as a painter of massive
portraits, not that Giles would ever dream of expressing a positive word about her work.
When a new national art prize is announced, each of the Paumen's secretly enters, the prize
galvanizing them to embark in a new direction. Giles will complete a landscape honouring his
wife who has recently died. Laurence heads to Uluru intending to capture the true spirit of
Australia in this most iconic of outback locations. And Sophie decides to portray the
malevolence lurking beneath the benign exterior of that most awful of men, the chauvinist.
What none of them predicts is that they will all beco