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Portia Geach Memorial Award 2008

  • This event finished on 09 November 2008

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2008

First awarded in 1965, The Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach. As per the direction of the will, the Award is annually presented to an Australian female artist for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters or the sciences. Geach was widely acclaimed as a leading artist and was a frequent commentator in the national media – making her an iconic figure in the Australian arts community. The Portia Geach Memorial Award is awarded by The Trust Company as trustee, to the entry with the highest artistic merit.

The 2008 Portia Geach Memorial Award selectors were Barry Pearce, Aida Tomescu & Jane Watters.

The winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2008 was Jude Rae, Self portrait 2008 (The year my husband left). 

Observation Point – Jude Rae National Portrait Gallery 


Ah Too Chew – Akira

Ah Too Chew – Portrait of Rita

Alex Thorby – Portrait of Kate

Alison Chiam

Amanda Penrose Hart – With respect

Anne Cape

Candance Crosby

Cherry Hood

Dale Kentwell

Delma McCausland-Montesin

Diane Cole

Donna Lougher

Ellie Bunt

Frances Feasey

Frances Hayes

Golda Lieberman

Hilary Hermann

Jan Handel – Self portrait as Battista Sforza

Janette Hanrahan

Jeanette Korduba

Jeanette Landstedt

Jennifer Gailey Caldwell – Michael Keighery

Jenny King

Jo Bertini – Luise Hercus at the widows waterhole Yarluyen

Joanna Braithwaite – Dreaming in colour

Jude Rae – Self portrait 2008 (The year my husband left).

Juliet Holmes a Court – From the quiet side of the studio

Kerrie Lester

Kerry Blake

Kim Shannon

Laura Matthews

Liz Cuming

Louise Surmon – Portrait of Michael Smertanin

Lynn Miller

Madeline Winch

Mrie Peter-Toltz

Marina Finlay – Judy Cassab with Breugel’s The peasant dance

Mariola Smarzsak

Myriam Kin-Yee – Portrait with pomegranate

Pam Tippett – Silver jug self portrait

Rebecca Lavis – Self portrait with ginger at home

Robin-Mary Calvert – Honky tonk women

Sallie Moffatt – Self in winter

Sharon West – A self portrait as a Victorian anthropologist

Shonah Trescott – Wendy Sharpe in Paris

Soma Garner – Medusa

Sue Bergland

Thea Weiss

Trudi Harley – Reflection with parents

Virginia Glover – Three spaces reading the self

Yoli Salmona

Yvette Coppersmith – Self portrait with John Safran



Past Winners of the Portia Geach Memorial Award

2007 – Maryanne Coutts, Melbourne

2006 – Lucy Culliton, Self with Friends

2005 – Jude Rae, Large Interior (Micky Allan)

2004 – Nerissa Lea, The Sheik & Me, Self Portrait with Imagined Portrait of Chad Morgan after Frida Kahlo

2003 – Wendy SharpeSelf Portrait with Tea Cup and Burning Paintings

2002 – Vicki Varvaressos, Self Portrait with Painting

2001 – Mary Moore, At Home

2000 – Nancy BorlaseThe 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 SharpeSelf Portrait with Students, After Adelaide Labille-Guiard

1994 – Jenny SagesAnn 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 ShoreKondelea (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