Jenny Sages featured in NPG solo exhibition - Art Collector

Jenny Sages, True Stories: Helen Garner, 2003, detail, encaustic, oil and pigment on composition board. Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Courtesy: the artist and NPG, Canberra

28 September 2010 | The work of Jenny Sages is being celebrated in a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Titled Paths to Portraiture, the exhibition presents four strong women, all influential in their fields of endeavour: painter Emily Kngwarreye, author Helen Garner, dancer Irina Baronova, and a self portrait.

The large-scale portraits are displayed alongside preparatory drawings as well as other artworks, objects and materials that relate to these portraits and their inspiration.

Sages is mostly known for her abstract landscapes, scratched and gouged from encaustic wax and coloured with powdered pigments, painting portraits perhaps just once a year, though never on commission.

The exhibition, which closes 16 January 2011, is accompanied by a short documentary film commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery from independent director Catherine Hunter, which acts as introduction to Sages’ life and work.


Jane O'Sullivan


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