My drawing practice is paramount to my visual art practice. I make many, many drawings as studies and ideas for other work. Inevitably the texta drawings become works in their own right. They are the final works.
The discovery of texta pens has allowed me to work through structures and colour ideas in a different way to painting. I like drawing for its versatility, and directness- the flow of line and quick resolve. This suite of works rely on my memory of real places and my imagination to allow for ‘digressions’ into surreal and colourful landscapes.
When drawing, I find myself thinking of many past and current influences being reworked into new drawings. In drawing, the realisation is instant.
Portia Geach Memorial Award finalists revealed Perpetual announces 2020 shortlist for Australia’s most recognised portrait prize for women A list of 61 works by 59 artists has been announced today for the country’s most distinguished portrait prize for female artists, the Portia Geach Memorial Award. The $30,000 annual prize is administered by the Award Trustee, Perpetual. Established in 1961 by Florence Kate Geach, in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach, the Portia Geach Memorial Award recognises an Australian female artist for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters or the sciences. Born in 1873 in Melbourne, Portia Geach studied with John Singer Sargent and Lawrence Alma-Tadema in London and was also a lifelong activist for women’s rights. She established the Housewives Progressive Association of New South Wales, The Housewives Magazine in 1933 and the Progressive Journal two years later to promote issues such as equal pay for women and the right to hold public office. The judging panel for this year’s award comprised Ms Anita Belgiorno-Nettis, Trustee of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Ms Natalie Wilson, Curator of Australian and Pacific Art at The Art Gallery of New South Wales and Ms Jane Watters, Director S.H Ervin Gallery. Some of the well-known sitters for this year’s award include radio presenter Phillip Adams; actor Claudia Karvin; author and playwright Louis Nowra; indigenous dancers Ella Havelka and Tayvonne Cora; TV presenter Richard Morecroft; dancer Anthea Pilko; the late Jack Mundey; businessman Luca Belgiorno-Nettis; Francophile Professor Ross Steele AM and concert pianist Simon Tedeschi.
LORNA GREAR Lockdown in the bath, gouache on art board (self portrait)
The winner of the 2020 Portia Geach Memorial Award will be revealed on Thursday 13 August with an exhibition of all finalists open for viewing by the public from 14 August – 20 September at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks. For more information on the award, visit http://www.shervingallery.com.au Media Enquiries: Jane Watters 02 9258 0133 / 0414 717 044
My work- Pink Forest with Pink Legs, 69 cm x 89 cm, giclee print has been selected as a finalist for the contemporary Section, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, 2018, Campbelltown Arts Centre. Printed by Dark Star Digital, Sydney.
Dusty Pink Tree Limbs, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 95 cm, framed. Selected as a finalist work for the Paddington Art Prize 2018.
‘Dusty Pink Tree Limbs’ reflects my series of work titled Paralands. Paralands is an imaginary word, stemming from the amalgamation of paradise and landscape. This painting in particular was originally inspired from a secret garden found in a housing estate. My paintings aim to reclaim the hand-‐made, turning the digital into a personal gesture.