Kate Stevens wins Portia Geach - Art Collector

26 September 2011 | Kate Stevens has won the $18,000 Portia Geach Prize for portraiture for her painting of animator and street artist Willy Bernardoff, titled Indian Dream.

This painting is about the dream of India- the romanticisation of the East; the epic road trip as a rite of passage; the idea of something surpassing the actual experience of it,” says the artist. “It is about pin-ups and Bollywood soundtracks; about boys and bikes; about longing and wanderlust, and beauty and dust and distance.”

Jane Watters, the SH Ervin gallery director says the work appealed to the juding panel because of Stevens’ “understanding of tonal painting and use of colour”.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is an annual prize open to female artists working in portraiture. Like the Archibald Prize, it asks that portrait subjects be distinguished men or women of the arts, letters or science.

The exhibition continues at the SH Ervin Gallery in The Rocks, Sydney until 6 November 2011. In a first for the prize, the exhibition will tour to the Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah from 3 February to 18 March 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Kate Stevens, Indian Dream. Courtesy: the artist

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