Women of substance: Van Badham

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After much fan fair about there being gender parity when it comes to artists chosen to hang in this year’s Archibald Prize, I was stoked that female artists were finally equally represented. This has been a long time coming.

However, when I visited the exhibition I noticed that most of the sitters were still men. It seems that most artists prefer to paint men. This got me thinking… I want to paint women who inspire me, women who challenge the limitations placed on women in our society and women who are strong enough to forge ahead despite the many obstacles in their way.

I had painted Van Badham (feminist Columnist for the Guardian Australia & campaign strategist) for The Archibald Prize and my entry was not chosen. I had no expectation of being chosen but I still enter these competitions with a healthy dose of ‘just-in-case’. After visiting (and loving) the exhibition I decided to only paint women for at least 12 months… hatching my plan to do a series of paintings called ‘Women of Substance’.

Van was very gracious and gave me a chunk of her time, she was generous and just as articulate and intelligent as I imagined she would be. She was a really lovely and dynamic woman and I hope I’ve captured the essence of her character in this portrait.

I have approached other ‘Women of Substance’ to see if they will sit for me and have had various responses ranging from no response at all, a resounding no and a couple of ’sure why not?’ replies. I will continue to hunt down and paint the women I admire and amass a collection of paintings that shows the diverse range of women who have and are still guiding us.

If you know a ‘Woman of Substance’ who should be painted, please get in touch.

Thank you Van Badham for being my first sitter in this project… I appreciate your kindness and your bravery.

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Wynne Prize Entry 2016

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Acrylic on board
40cm x 40cm

This is my entry to the Wynne Prize 2016. It is an image of my feet. I see my feet in this position a lot of the time. Nerve damage means I have to put my feet up for a good % of the day… I am perhaps more familiar with my feet than most 😛

I’m not surprised that I did not get chosen as there are so many entrants and so few places… it’s very unlikely that I will ever be chosen but giving myself a deadline to do work seems to be the best way to get non-commission work done.

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Archibald Prize Entry 2016

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Acrylic on board
40cm x 40cm

This is my entry to the Archibald Prize 2016. It is a self portrait.

I’m not surprised that I did not get chosen as there are so many entrants and so few places… it’s very unlikely that I will ever be chosen but giving myself a deadline to do work seems to be the best way to get non-commission work done.

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artists i like: elizabeth mayville

I really love Elizabeth Mayville’s work. She is an artist and illustrator based in Michigan. Her work focuses on ‘home’ and the little things that make us happy 🙂

Elizabeth Mayville still lives

Her beautiful still lifes are some how monotone and colourful at the same time. I really enjoy this type of painting. Her metallic and glass Cakestand, 2012, oil on canvas, 12 x 12″ (above left) reminds me a bit of one of my all time favourite painters… see below>>>

Margaret Preston Implement blue 1927Margaret Preston, Implement blue 1927

Margaret Preston (29 April 1875 – 28 May 1963) was one of Australia’s most accomplished female artists of the last century. She was very prolific in the 1920’s through to the 1940’s working as a painter and print maker. Aboriginal and Japanese art informed her contemporary and modern style. She was a trailblazer in her time and her work is still relevant today.

Elizabeth Mayville Landscapes

Back to Elizabeth Mayville‘s work… her gorgeous landscapes are perfection. This is just how I see the world. She has an amazing talent for cutting back on the detail but still telling a great story on her canvas.

Elizabeth Mayville Animals

Elizabeth‘s portraits of animals are very sweet and minimalist. Once again she has simplified the colour pallet and the background to showcase the gorgeous faces of her fury and feathered friends.

You can see a comprehensive list of Elizabeth’s fine art and illustration work on her site and you can purchase a prints & original works on etsy.

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