Portia Geach and Maritime Art award winners - Art Collector

Hélène Grove, Self Portrait: Getting On, acrylic on linen. Courtesy: the artist and S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

9 October 2013 | Queensland-based artist Hélène Grove has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award for her painting Self Portrait: Getting On, which depicts the artist in a blue dress holding a cat.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is worth $30,000 and celebrates portraiture by contemporary Australian female artists. This year saw 58 submissions shortlisted as finalists by judging panel Jane Watters, director of S.H. Ervin Gallery; Lindy Lee, senior lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts and artist Ben Quilty.

The finalists exhibition is on display at S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney until 16 November 2013.

Joel Rea, Collision, 2013. Oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm. Courtesy: the artist and Mission to Seafarers, Victoria

The Maritime Art Awards have also announced their 2013 winner. Queensland based artist Joel Rea won the main $15,000 prize for his work Collision, pictured above.

The awards are the primary fundraiser for the Mission to Seafarers charity and welfare services. There were multiple prizes announced including an emerging artist award and a traditional maritime art award. To see all of the finalists and award winners, click
here. The exhibition is on at the Mission to Seafarers in Docklands, Victoria until 31 October 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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