20 September – 27 October 2002
The Portia Geach Memorial Award is the highly-esteemed portrait prize for women artists was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister in 1965 and has become synonymous with the developing profiles of women artists. The $18,000 award is available ‘for the best portraits painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia…’ .
Of the 310 entries this year, 57 were selected and include works by some of Australia’s leading artists, such as Cherry Hood, Esther Erlich, Wendy Sharpe, Rosemary Valadon, Lucy Culliton, Maryanne Coutts and Mary Moore. Artists and figures from the art world have featured heavily as subjects of portraits, including artists Robert Klippel, Rosemary Madigan, Janet Laurence, John Coburn and art dealers Eva Breuer and Michael Nagy.
The 2002 Portia Geach Award exhibition panel of judges comprised Deborah Edwards Curator of Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Lindy Lee Artist & Andrew Sayers Director, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
This year’s winner was Sydney artist Vicki Varvaressos with her work Self Portrait with Painting. Portraits by Lucy Culliton and Cherry Hood were highly commended by the judges.
Sunday 22 September – The men in our art Joy Beardmore’s self-portrait is inspired by her late husband, artist Ross Davis; Danelle Bergstrom has painted artist John Coburn; and Kerrie Coles has painted gallery figure Gil Docking.
Sunday 29 September – Different approaches to portraiture Artists Nerissa Lea, Catherine Cassidy, Judy Pennefather and Lisa Hoelzl will discuss their different approaches to portraiture.
Sunday 6 October – Artists as subjects Archibald winning artist, Cherry Hood has painted artist, Janet Laurence. Vivienne Dadour has painted a self-portrait reminiscent of a past life.
Sunday 13 October – Meet the winner! Andrew Sayers, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, will speak with the winner of the 2002 Portia Geach Award, Vicki Varvaressos. Also Jo Bertini on her double portrait of Robert Klippel and Rosemary Madigan.
Sunday 20 October – Art world figures Fran Tomlin has painted art dealer, Michael Nagy; Lucy Culliton has painted artist Del Kathryn Barton and Deborah Marks will speak with her sitter, photographer Ella Dreyfus.
Sunday 27 October – The art schools Marenelle Windsor with her sitter, artist and Dean UNSW College of Fine Arts Ian Howard; Wendy Sharpe with Head of the National Art School and artist Bernard Ollis
image: Vicki Varvaressos Self-portrait with Painting
Past Winners of the Portia Geach Memorial Award
2002 – Vicki Varvaressos, Self Portrait with Painting
2001 – Mary Moore, At Home
2000 – Nancy Borlase, The Sisters: Marie and Vida Breckenridge
1999 – Kim Spooner, Social Currency (Eva Cox)
1998 – Anita Rezevska, Self Portrait – Woman from Riga
1997 – Maria Isabel, Cruz Maria
1996 – Su Baker, Self Portrait at Six Paces
1995 – Wendy Sharpe, Self Portrait with Students, After Adelaide Labille-Guiard
1994 – Jenny Sages, Ann Thomson
1993 – Aileen Rogers, Suzanne Mourot
1992 – Jenny Sages,Nancy Borlase and Laurie Short
1991 – Rosemary Valadon, Frances Joseph
1990 – Jenny Watson, Self Portrait
1989 – Jenny Sands, Alex Karpin
1988 – Margaret Ackland, Shay Docking
1987 – Christine Hiller, Self Portrait
1986 – Christine Hiller, Self Portrait
1985 – Gwen Eichler, Dianne Fogwell
1984 – Margaret Woodward, Madeleine Halliday
1983 – Margaret Woodward, Self Portrait
1982 – Brenda Humble, Virginia Hall
1981 – Susan Howard, Jenny Kee
1980 – Judy Pennefather, Venie Schulenberg
1979 – Ivy Shore, Kondelea (Della) Elliott
1978 – Dora Toovey, Senator Neville Bonner
1977 – Ena Joyce, George Lawrence
1976 – Jocelyn Maughan, George Bouckley
1975 – Mary Brady, Elizabeth Rooney
1974 – Lesley H Pockley, Hugh Paget
1973 – Sylvia Tiarks, Self Portrait
1972 – Elisabeth Cummings, Jean Appleton
1971 – Mary Brady, Larry Sitsky
1970 – Dora Toovey, Self Portrait in Landscape
1969 – Vaike Liibus, Guy Warren
1968 – Bettina McMahon, Self Portrait
1967 – Jo Caddy, Laurence Davis
1966 – Mary Brady, Grahame Edgar
1965 – Jean Appleton, Self Portrait