Congratulations to the finalists of this years Portrait Competition
First Place Michael Hocking – Scoundrel #4
Second Place Matthew Ryan Sweet – Jarracuda
Roslyn Batten – Arno
Roger Kalleske – Self Portrait
Ebony Rodda – Pierre
Lise Temple and Roland Weight
Roger Kalleske: Self Portrait
Good design and a confident use of red
Michal Hocking: Tania
Lovely loose tonalism, displaying technical confidence. The figure is subtly evoked from the background. Reminds one of an Impressionist study.
Sharyn Sinclair: Grandad
Papier mache is a great medium
Adele Butler: An Icon to Reading/ Playing Music (both works)
Meditative quality with beautifully evoked light. A Contemporary take on a Post Impressionist style
Glenys Christopher: Raji
Tremendous attitude and structure
Roszi Batten: Arno
Arresting look in the eyes
Ebony Rodda: Pierre
Lovely loose charcoal marks
Maxine Donald: Modern Miss
Kerry Mann: Brad
I just like the charcoal
Michael Hocking: Scoundrel # 4
A striking use of tone creates a strong presence and attitude. Caravaggio-esque. Clever use of the white hat as a formal element, to square up the design.
Matthew Ryan Sweet: Jarracuda
Reminiscent of the work of Hugh Ramsay. Studiously done, with an excellent use of warm and cool within the skin tones. Quirky element added with the placement of the moon above
Gerhard Ritter: Mike
Bold use of watercolour medium on a large scale
Ally Symonds: Mother-in-law, Memory Snapshot
Portrait in “things”
Neil Hann: Clan St Vincent Rodda
Technically interesting with excellent colour mixing. Quirky in its construction, a cross between Pointillism and Pop. Lots of the personality of the sitter evident.
Valerie Veitch: Do I have a cute expression on my face?
Capturing the focus of the moment of artistic creation.
Ebony Rodda: High Tea
Excellent rendering of crockery, and overall richness of painting.
Margaret Walsh: Hello
Lis Jones Ingman: Hey Daddy, I want a diamond ring
Lovely translucent background and good structure
Gabriella Szondy: Kingsley Haskett, Shipwright
Striking character portrayal and warm tones
Sharyn Sinclair: Mum
Lovely sense of liveliness
Margaret Walsh: Aaaah, here’s looking at you too
Youthful excitement in a dramatic light