North East Artisans Portrait Prize 2019
2. 'Anna Scionti'
"Anna Scionti is an Australian blues musician whose live performances I have enjoyed on a number of occasions. This portrait attempts to capture her immersion in the music. My work focuses on the rhythms inherent in nature, the human form and blues music by utilising minimalist, hard edge abstraction, flowing line and vibrant colour. I am a keen portraitist and enjoy juxtaposing the larger, flat areas of colour in the face and body with the more detailed, linear rendition of hair."
Acrylic on Linen 51 cm x 51 cm x 3 cm $800
3, 'Focus Assist'
Anthony James 'Gammy' Faulkner
"Focus Assist is a representation of the obscurity of living with Asperger's Syndrome. The intention is to convey the notion of hiding in plain sight from the reflections of other people as well as one's self. A single minded and obsessive occupation defines and consumes the individual from beginning to end."
Oil On Paper 300gsm CP Acid Free 16.5 x 11.75 inches $275
6. 'Neophyte Universe'
Anthony James 'Gammy' Faulkner
"Neophyte Universe is a portrait which seeks to embody the burgeoning universe which unfurls from the meeting of a new attraction. The fleeting moment in time when closeness can
seem infinitely interesting ".
Oil on paper 300gsm CP Acid free 16.5 x 11.75 inches $440
Joint Winner - 'In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019
5 'Uncle Fred, Pumpkin Head'
'This digital work has been specifically created for the 2019 In Your Face Exhibition. The piece is a portrait of my Great Uncle Fred which I photographed at an event and have digitally altered to convey my impressions of him as an artistic subject.
When viewed from afar, this is a realistic photographic portrait of my uncle who always pulls silly faces. It is only upon closer inspection that you can see a blurring of the details of his likeness. This demonstrates how age blurs the line between life and the memories we hold. His eyes and face capture his fun, strong personality, but the dry brush stroke softens his
features so that they jump around like a memory when you try to focus on a face you have loved."
Digital Art 90 cm x 60 cm $450
6. 'Spirit Bird'
Stefani Helena Mierzwa
"Intuition guides me on all levels of this creative process.
From choosing my subject matter to the placement of a line.
The lines and shading become a movement, a physical expression of my feeling and thought.
By trusting my intuition, I am able to disconnect from the need to visualise an end result, each piece, for me,becomes infused with a sense of discovery.
Stopping, just shy of ‘finished', leaves the viewer with the same opportunity to uncover meaning.
Drawing on Paper 21 cm x 30 cm $488
7. 'Elon Musk'
"One of a series of portraits of the people I admire.
Elon Musk is a visionary and pioneer, defining our era as a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer.
A self taught artist working with acrylics, my artistic style is influenced by the Golden Age of Hollywood and Mad Men era of advertising."
Acrylic 62.5 cm x 78 cm $750
"This portrait is of someone who has been one of my biggest inspirations in 2019.. Amanda is a costume designer and costume maker. Her determination, dedication and hard
work shows in all of her pieces.
This inspires me to do my best when it comes to my own art. I hope to be as successful as her when I am older - I am 17 - by continuing to follow my passion - ART!"
Colored pencils on paper 29 cm x 42 cm $185
10. 'Pistachio Bliss'
"This self-portrait, (like all self-portraits possibly) explores aspects of human frailty, vulnerability, pride and pretence. Painted as a form of documentation, the portrait is
a glimpse into the ego. The resulting image is less concerned with the physical likeness of the artist rather than the open display of humanness.The marks are raw and unrefined; they
hold a level of vulnerability unattainable when painting others. Whether moved or repulsed, the viewer can feel the humanness within and explore the different states and range of
emotion. Painted with expressive brushstrokes in densely worked oils. A massive figure in every sense. Naked, the figure is painted with a visceral approach. As if sculpted with paint.
The work doesn’t seek to ask any questions or proposes any solutions. It simply is."
Oil on Canvas 75 cm x 100 cm $400
Joint Winner - 'In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019
"I’ve been working on this painting for years. Mum is changing over time, and I ammhoping the painting will evolve into a summary of what it means to be the son of Hannie Burgers. She has always been a strong and independent woman, and continued living on her own when dad passes away in 2005. Before that she survived a tumour the size of a golf ball, removed from her head when she was in her late 40’s. Mum always retained a positive outlook on life. That, her generosity, and her caring nature, defines the wonderful woman she is.
She loves colour.."
Oil on Linen 45 cm x 60 cm $950
14. 'The Green Straw'
"‘The green straw’ is based on our daughter, Abigail.
I have been making collages with coloured papers that I have printed beforehand. I like to make use of the different qualities that occur during the printing process eg. the rough edges and the under- inked parts.
I made this portrait for the NEA ‘In your face’ exhibition."
Collage 32 cm x 32 cm $750
'15. 'Tonal Study'
"Inspired by Rembrant’s paintings and photographic portraits where the subject’s face loomed from out of the shadows. I manipulated an original photograph that I had taken to get such an effect and used this as a guide for the portrait. This was made entirely from locally sourced wool fibres (Victorian and New South Wales farms) in six tones of Corriedale and Merino wool.
The portrait was made by wet felting wool fibre using a technique taught to me by a United Kingdom artist Chris Lines. Each of the tones of the wool fibres were wet felted to a prefelt
stage. The photo image was used as a guide to cut the prefelts to construct the face and the portrait was gently felted to a firm felt stage."
Natural Wool Felted 65 cm x 50 cm $490
16. 'Self Portrait'
"My self-portrait is a mixed media piece comprised of 9 panels that each convey a different use of media. The image was first taken as a photograph where it was then edited in Photoshop to convert it into black and white before posterising the image to create a 4-layer contrast. This image was then used as a reference to create the final piece. The combination of mediums creates an interesting illusion and abstraction in the facial feature; thus making the face distorted from close up. However, once you step back, the lines and effect merge together to reveal the intricate features in the face and brings the image to focus."
Charcoal, collage, paint & inkwash 630 mm x 890 mm $100
'17. 'Mother of the Bride'
"This piece entitled “Mother of the Bride”, was inspired by a look of pure pride, relief and love that I noticed on the face of a beautiful woman on the day of her daughters’ wedding; the epitome of serenity.
I’m currently reacquainting myself with oils after many years."
Oil on Paper 30 cm x 42 cm $310
19. 'Old School'
"My Portrait named “Old School” Depicts a Craftsman working in his Trade, He is caught between the old skills and knowledge he learned when he was a young apprentice and the modern technical machine run workshops of today. He manages both but still prefers the old ways, he knows they will soon be lost to the next generation . In “Old School “I wanted to capture a dramatic moment of tension a hint of movement, inspired by the Old Masters works, how their paintings seemed to tell a story, I especially love Carravaggio and Titian, their dramatic use of Lights and Darks, I wanted my painting to reflect this feeling yet with a more modern stance, so rather than use Oils which I usually use for a portrait, I decided instead to use Acrylic medium, which for me was a little more challenging, yet very exciting."
Acrylic 81 cm x 106.5 cm $1000
"Creating sculpture using natural materials is challenging as there are so many possibilities. Wisteria has a mind of its own and I have an idea of the form that I want. We work together…
My self portrait ‘One-eyed” has some of my attributes; Left eyed, All over the place, A bit manic, Creative, Questioning, Angry, Hard mouth,
Amazed, Happy, All woven together with a bit of garlic."
Random weave with Wisteria 55 cm x 1 metre $135
"On this day, Barbara sat next to my mother and together they looked through photo albums. Aunty Barb remembered most people and places in the photos and so for a fleeting moment, all seemed as it should be.
I create using the direct method of mosaics where the tesserae are attached directly to the final base. Salvaged and unconventional items feature regularly within my mosaics. My portrait of Barbara features crockery, fine china and glass off cuts. Wooden skewers have been used to form the pages of the books and glass tiles have been used for the background. I prefer to use simple hand tools with little manipulation of shapes – how a piece breaks is often how it’s used. I enjoy creating through imprecision and unpredictability."
Mosaic on board 35 cm x 43 cm $800
23. 'Portrait of the artist MariJana Van Zanten'
Marijana Van Zanten
"MariJana van Zanten is a contemporary realist painter who resides in North Albury NSW.
Early this year MariJana spent some time in France drawing and painting people. People in cafes, airports, barges, boats, bars, bridges, footpaths and anywhere else she could sit inconspicuously with a sketchbook.
On her return MariJana painted this self portrait enthused by the simplicity of painting in one colour and the challenge of capturing ones own form accurately and without embellishment.
In 2016 MariJana won the Trinity Art Prize with a large scale portrait of the late local Indigenous elder Wally Cooper".
Oil on Canvas 95 cm x 95 cm $5000
"I have used a variety of different mediums in my paintings and artworks over the years, but I have tended to concentrate mainly on acrylic and mixed media combinations in my recent work. I like to combine abstract style with realism and love using bold textural and colour effects in my paintings.
This portrait is of my friend Bill and is the latest of four different portraits that I have painted in my life. It was painted using acrylic paint on canvas and it was a challenge to capture his personality as well as his features in a realistic, but not photographic way. I painted the portrait from a photograph I had taken."
Acrylic 61 cm x 76 cm $500
25. 'Forest Whispers'
"My interest in photography started when I was lucky enough to be an Exchange Student to New Zealand while at secondary school. I have recently moved to North East Victoria from the pristine state of Tasmania where I lived for the past 18 years.
While in Tasmania I purchased my first digital camera and started to venture into Portrait and Fine Art Nude photography. My aim was to capture what I call “Environmental Portraits” where I could express “a sence of place” with my models. Since then I have developed my skills and love to capture the beauty of nature and the female form. I work only in natural light and love to experiment with what nature has to offer. The freedom digital gives me is far beyond what I could achieve with film. The process is now totally in my control."
Photograph 525 mm x 425 mm $220
Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper
26. 'Elsie May'
"Using an old black and white photograph of my great grandmother Elise May wearing a hair-net seated at home. I drew her image onto cotton fabric then used fabric paints, quilting, hand embroidery, and beading. Memories of her are only shown to the outside world through the trappings of flat black and white photographs. I used textile art in
addition to paint to bring Grandma to life through colour and texture."
Fabric Paint, Hand Embroidery 29 cm x 45 cm $210
"This image is about innocence. The innocence of children. It’s about vulnerability - the price of innocence.
This image is inspired by the #MeToo movement and the artist Chuck Close.
The image is made from organza material, painted with watercolour and stitched with cotton.
Painted and Stitched Textile 273 mm x 353 mm $150