'In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019 - joint winners Tanya Tabone 'Uncle Fred, Pumpkin Head' and Frank Burgers 'Mum'
'Uncle Fred, Pumpkin Head' Tanya Tabone (2019)
"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."
Tanya Tabone 2019
'Mum' Frank Burgers (2019)
"I’ve been working on this painting for years. Mum is changing over time, and I am
hoping 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 loved colour."
Frank Burgers 2019
'The In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition is open at NEA from 10 - 4 Tuesdays to Fridays and 10 - 2 on Saturdays. to 31st August If a volunteer is available, it my also be open on Mondays from 10 to 4 pm (NEA is usually closed on a Monday)
NEA would like to acknowledge financial support towards the cost of running the 'In Your Face Exhibition' from Benalla Rural City Community Sponsorship fund and V-Line Benalla Station Community funding.
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