SL409, 2019, Oil on linen, 1225 x 1375mm

SL409, 2019, Oil on linen, 1225 x 1375mm

Booth E10 - Two Rooms at the Sydney Contemporary 2019

I’m very pleased to be represented by Auckland gallery Two Rooms at the Sydney Contemporary, Sept 12-15, Carriageworks, Sydney.

Interior 405 (High Court, morning light), 2019, oil on linen, 200cm x 150cm

Interior 405 (High Court, morning light), 2019, oil on linen, 200cm x 150cm

I’m delighted to announce that Interior 405 (High Court, morning light), exhibited at Philip Bacon Galleries in June, has been acquired for the Collection of the High Court of Australia, Canberra.

 
Sarah Peirse as Miss Docker in Patrick White’s “A Cheery Soul”, 2019, oil on canvas, 183 x 137.5cm

Sarah Peirse as Miss Docker in Patrick White’s “A Cheery Soul”, 2019, oil on canvas, 183 x 137.5cm

This is my second portrait of actor Sarah Peirse, here embodying Miss Docker, the central character of Patrick White’s most famous play “A Cheery Soul”. I saw her performance a number of times late last year in the Sydney Theatre Company’s third production of the play. The painting is a homage to the famous 17thC painting by Diego Velasquez of Pablo de Valladolid, buffoon to Philip IV of Spain. As a kind of inversion of the Velasquez painting which shows the actor making an expansive heroic gesture, the isolated figure of Miss Docker peers out uncertainly from a darkened stage. I’m delighted to see Sarah (or is it Miss Docker?) as a finalist in the Archibald again. Now that the Archibald has been announced Sarah and I are very pleased indeed that Miss Docker has been recognised as Highly Commended by the Trustees of the AGNSW!

 
Art Collector magazine (#88 APR-JUN 2019) features a Collector’s Dossier on my work by Courtney Kidd - and a great quote here from Justin Paton.    Excellent image reproduction and writing - many thanks to all who contributed!

Art Collector magazine (#88 APR-JUN 2019) features a Collector’s Dossier on my work by Courtney Kidd - and a great quote here from Justin Paton.

Excellent image reproduction and writing - many thanks to all who contributed!

 
The Hon. Linda Burney MP

The Hon. Linda Burney MP

In 2018 I was honoured to be commissioned to paint the portrait of Linda Burney MP for the Australian Parliamentary Collection. The painting was unvieied at Parliament House in Canberra this morning in a very moving ceremony. In 2016 Linda Burney was the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. Today, February 13, 2019, is the 11th anniversary of Australia’s Apology to the Stolen Generations.

 
SL401, 2019, oil on linen, 710 x 810mm

SL401, 2019, oil on linen, 710 x 810mm

My first exhibition with Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane opens on Thursday May 30, 2019.

 
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“Val at 93 - Portrait of the Artist’s Mother” has won the Portia Geach People’s Choice. Mum is pleased! Here we are with the patrons of the award - many thanks to Heather and Hilary, and everyone who supported us.

 
Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, 2018, oil on linen, 1200mm x 1000mm

Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, 2018, oil on linen, 1200mm x 1000mm

It was a great honour for me to be commissioned by the High Court of Australia to paint the portrait of Chief Justice Susan Kiefel. The painting commemorates the tenure of Australia’s first female Chief Justice and will also be the first portrait by a woman in the High Court Collection.

 
Portrait of the Artist’s Mother - Val at 93, 2018, oil on linen, 1500mm x 1800mm

Portrait of the Artist’s Mother - Val at 93, 2018, oil on linen, 1500mm x 1800mm

A hard won portrait of my much loved mother Val, is hanging in the Portia Geach Memorial Portraiture Award at the SH Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, Sydney. I will be speaking at the SHErvin Gallery (Observatory Hill, Sydney) this at 3pm, Sunday October 28, 2018.

 
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Interior 370 (Foyer I), 2017, Oil on linen, 260cm x 180cm, Collection of AGNSW

New acquisition Interior 370 (Foyer I) is on display at the Art Gallery of NSW. It is a view of the foyer of the tower building of Liberty Place, situated between Pitt and Castlereagh Sts in Sydney. After four months in France and Italy (courtesy of the AGNSW and the Bulgari Award) I found myself making a regular weekly pilgrimage through this city thoroughfare. In late afternoon during high summer the sun streams in through the frosted glass of the western wall of the atrium, projecting the shadow of the finials on the roof of 19thC building over the road. Like much of what we make and build, the profile is strangely human and it seemed portentous: the shadow of the past falling across this vision of the future.

 
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Monograph 2018

This publication records a selection of works from my survey exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery, the Australian National University, in 2017 . It includes a range of fine reproductions, a text by the artist and an interview with Terence Maloon, Director of the Drill Hall Gallery. It is available for purchase from Philip Bacon Galleries or from the artist via this website at a cost AU$45.00 plus postage.