Carmel Debreuil a Finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award
Opening Night and Winner’s Announcement 6 November 2014
Exhibition Closes 14 December 2014
S.H. Ervin Gallery
Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks)
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Red Rock artist Carmel Debreuil has reached new goals with the recent announcement of her inclusion as a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award.
“I’m so blown away to be chosen as a finalist – my heart is thumping and I’m jumping for joy! I’ve entered my painting The Lion and the King, a portrait of my amazing muse Jaida King. She has been my model for over twenty five paintings and for me is a perfect example of the spunky, courageous and sassy little Australian women!”
Debreuil paints with bold acrylic colours on plywood, using the knots of the wood as a feature of her artwork. She is well known for her quirky nostalgic paintings of children wearing glasses, cowboy boots and viking helmets, often posed with outsized animals. Debreuil is a prolific artist and has created over two hundred pieces in the last couple of years alone. She has particpated in many group and solo shows, the most recent being a successful solo at the Brisbane Modern Art Gallery. She has been featured in online blogs and magazines including Ink and Arrows from the US and Queensland Living Magazine.
“This is definitely a highlight of my career to date. There are so many talented female artists in the exhibition and I’m really looking forward to hanging in such good company. The S.H. Ervin Gallery is a beautiful space in a beautiful environment and I can’t believe one of my little muses is going to live there for a month. I hope she and her lion don’t leave dirty footprints on the carpet!”
The Portia Geach Memorial Award Exhibition is held at the S.H. Ervin Gallery on Observatory Hill in Sydney. Opening Night is 6 November 2014 and the show runs until 14 December 2014.
From the Perpetual Trust Company:
The Portia Geach Memorial Award is a celebration of female Australian artists. It’s Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize for female artists and has greatly contributed to the development of female artists in this country.
It was established by Florence Kate Geach in 1961 in memory of her sister, Portia Geach and is awarded each year to the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences.
A list of 49 finalists has been announced today, Thursday 16 October 2014, for the country’s most revered portrait prize for female artists, the Portia Geach Memorial Award. This year more than 300 entries were received – the highest number of entries in the past five years
Commenting on the shortlist of finalists, the judging panel said: “Painting is alive and well amongst the new generation of female artists in Australia and this list of finalists reads like a who’s who of the future of Art in this country.
The judging panel for this year’s award comprised of: Director S.H Ervin Gallery, Jane Watters; Artist and Trustee of Art Gallery of New South Wales Ben Quilty; and Trustee of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Samantha Meers.
Perpetual General Manager of Philanthropy Andrew Thomas said “Privately funded awards such as the Portia Geach Memorial Award are essential to recognising and supporting the talent of Australian female artists. As trustee of the award, we are proud to be part of such an important contribution to the arts community.”
A big grateful thank you to the folks who have included me in this long established exhibition!
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