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.
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.
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.
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.