Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Main Gallery > 13 June – 21 July 2019
Opening night | 6pm Thursday 13 June 2019
Artists in Conversation | 2pm Saturday 29 June 2019
Established in 1988, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) encourages both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well-known. The DMNPP is Australia’s richest art prize and is believed to be the world’s most valuable, with a first prize of $150,000. It attracts Australian artists with differing levels of expertise from the well-known likes of Ben Quilty and Robert Hannaford, to emerging artists like 2018 winner, Lynn Savery.
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the DMNPP. Artists in the exhibition include Ben Quilty, Vincent Fantauzzo, Nigel Milsom, Tim Storrier and Prudence Flint. The DMNPP invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience.
“The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize exhibition itself demonstrates the great variety in approaches in Australian portrait painting today, from large, flamboyant baroque approach on the one hand to tiny intimate, almost miniature approach on the other. It demonstrates completely different styles to such a well-worn subject as the portrait. The exhibition indicates portraiture still has a lively place in the Australian art scene.”
– Ron Radford AM, 2018 judge
Artists in Conversation >
2pm Saturday 29 June 2019
Join Doug Moran National Portrait Prize winner Lynn Savery and finalist Nick Stathopoulos in discussion about their journeys as artists and their future aspirations.
About the 2018 prize recipient >
Lynn Savery was born in Brighton, England in 1960 and moved to Australia in 1975. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations. Her background is in furniture design, though most recently she has been a full-time carer. In 2017 Lynn decided it was time to devote herself to a passion she had long neglected: painting. She made a self-portrait which she entered into the 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize; it was her first oil painting and her first self-portrait, and it was chosen as the winner of the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
The judges of the 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize were artist Louise Hearman, Ron Radford AM, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia and Greta Moran, Co-Founder and Director Moran Arts Foundation. Ron Radford AM said: “The judges were in agreeance, we admired the meticulous attention to detail and beautiful placement of the figure and her dog in the picture composition. The portrait had a real impact in its direct gaze to the viewer as only a good self-portrait can achieve. Her colouration was finely calculated; overall, a very engaging portrait.”
Louise Hearman said: “A painting for me, when I think it is really good, is an object in space that not only makes me think, but also entices me to keep looking at it. Each time I look at it, I see more, I think more and the more it makes me do that, the more it is, in my mind, a good painting. The winning painting is exactly that, an object that we naturally wanted to keep looking at. Each time I look I see fascinating things that make me think. The maker of this painting has an obsessive eye for detail and is also able to make the entire painting sing as a whole. It has emotion, beauty and love of life’s visual stories. The painting is full of invention, sophisticated colour and defiant SPLAT in your face appeal.”
Learn more about Lynn Savery by visiting her Instagram.