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Congratulations to Lynn Savery who has been awarded the 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. The prize was the first portrait competition Savery entered, and she won the $150,000 with a portrait of herself and her dog.

This year the annual non-acquisitive award was judged by artist Louise Hearman, who won the prize in 2014; Ron Radford AM, former director of the National Gallery of Australia; and Greta Moran, co-founder and director of the Moran Arts Foundation. They selected Savery’s work from a field of 30 finalists.

Radford said of the judging process, “The judges were in agreement, we admired the meticulous attention to detail and beautiful placement of the figure and her dog in the picture composition. The portrait had a real impact in its direct gaze to the viewer as only a good self-portrait can achieve.”

“The maker of this painting has an obsessive eye for detail and is also able to make the entire painting sing as a whole,” said Hearman of the winning work.

“It has emotion, beauty and love of life’s visual stories. The painting is full of invention, sophisticated colour and defiant SPLAT in your face appeal.”

Works by all 30 finalists in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize are on show at Juniper Hall in Paddington until 16 December.

An exhibition of works by past winners, including Ben Quilty, Vincent Fantauzzo, Nigel Milsom, Tim Storrier and Prudence Flint, is also on show to mark the 30th anniversary of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition
Juniper Hall
2 November – 16 December

Art Guide Australia