Sophie Cape wins 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award - Art Collector

Sophie Cape, Romper Stomper (Dan Wyllie), 2014. Oil, acrylic, bitumen, charcoal, ink and soil on canvas, 209 x 203cm. Courtesy: the artist and Olsen Irwin, Sydney

The Portia Geach Memorial Award, Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize for female artists, has been awarded to Sophie Cape.

Cape, who is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, won the $30,000 award for her portrait of actor Dan Wyllie. The large portrait titled Romper Stomper comprises oil and acrylic paints, charcoal, bitumen ink and soil. Olsen Irwin Gallery notes that the painting “expressively captures the personality of the actor as well as the characters that he has performed over the years”.

First given in 1965 in memory of artist Portia Geach, the award recognises the best portrait of a distinguished figure of art, letters and the sciences, painted from life. 

The Portia Geach award exhibition at S.H. Ervin gallery in Sydney runs from 7 November to 14 December 2014 and includes finalist artworks by Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini and Tamara Dean.

Cape will exhibit a new body of work at Olsen Irwin from 11 to 29 March 2015.

Larissa Bricis

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