Exhibition Notes

Outside his studio, Jason Benjamin spends a good deal of time stalking the ellusive mysteries of the Australian landscape. Time spent in the Gili Isles off Bali reveals a fugitive from his inner Sydney studio. Gili Island Portrait, 2016, unmasks a vulnerable, yet uncompromising individual. Jason has the distinction of winning the Mosman Art Prize on three occasions in 1993, 1994, 1996 and often been a finalist for the Archibald Prize.

Represented by Michael Reid.

For the past decade, Jo Bertini has been the official expedition artist on the Australian Desert Expeditions, that carries out scientific research in remote and inaccessible desert regions of inland Australia. As the sole female on these expeditions, she began to identify with the mystery of the frontier woman. In Reciprocity, 2016, the artist continues her investigation of the female psyche inspired by skeletal remains encountered on her desert journeys. Jo has been a finalist in the Archibald, Portia Geach and Moran Prizes for portraiture.

Represented by the Olsen Irwin Gallery.

In late 2015, Tom Carment with his family travelled to the outskirts of Perth. While fires raged in the district, Tom took respite in his father-in law’s workshop. Using oils, he painted a self-portrait of intimate detail. The sheet size of the work reflects the artist’s preference for small-scale studies. He is also a writer whose stories and essays have been published nationally including the critically acclaimed Seven Walks (2014). Tom is a regular finalist in the Archibald Prize.

Represented by King Street Gallery on William.

In Kevin Connor’s Self, 2015, the artist is poised in a characteristic role ready to absorb and interpret the varied incidents that occur within his orbit. The artist is often seen quietly sketching at Bill & Tony’s, his favourite East Sydney café. Kevin Connor has the distinction of winning the Archibald Prize twice: in 1975 for the portrait of The Hon Sir Frank Kitto KBE, and in1977 for his portrait of the renowned sculptor, Robert Klippel.

Represented by Liverpool Street Gallery.


Lucy Culliton revels in the world she inhabits at Bibbenluke near Bombala in southern NSW. The artist’s exuberant, no nonsense approach to depicting her surrounds comes through in a fine series of three studies - Self Portrait with Hello Cocky # 1,2,3. Hello Cocky is one of the many members of her growing menagerie. Lucy is a regular finalist in the Wynne, Sulamn & Archibald prizes and in 2006, Lucy awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Self with Friends.

The tonal framework of Elisabeth Cummings’ Self Portrait, 2016, depicts the spectral figure of the artist merging with the landscape. Cummings has long been regarded as one of Australia’s great landscape painters. In 1972,

she won the Portia Geach Memorial Award with Jean Appleton. As well,  

the artist has been awarded won the Mosman Art Prize and in the Fleurieu Art Prize for landscape painting.  

Represented by King Street Gallery on William.

The mark-making of Peter Godwin had its genesis in his student years engrossed in the artistry of Fairweather and Matisse. However a recent excursion to China rekindled his memory of ink on rice paper, every mark remains, subtle or proud. In Self Portrait 1, 2016, and Self Portrait diptych, 2016, the artist’s expressive handling of ink on rice paper is an uncompromising examination of self. Godwin was awarded the Mosman Art Prize in 2004, and on two occasions, 1979 & 1985, the Gruner Prize by the Art Gallery of NSW.

Represented by Defiance Gallery.

In Self Portrait, 2016, the sculptor/architect Richard Goodwin peers through a maze of intersecting lines and planes that reflect the intriguing web of possibilities in an idiosyncratic career that straddles the demanding disciplines of sculpture and architecture. Goodwin’s project is an on-going examination of where the body ends and architecture begins. In 2003, Goodwin won Sculpture by the Sea, and 2011, the Wynne Prize prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Represented by Australian Galleries.


On a recent European sojourn, Nicholas Harding has taken time out to regard his persona. In two arresting ink & gouache studies, Face in the mirror, 2016, and Face in the mirror (black t-shirt), 2016, the artist has captured the contours of a rigorous personality devoid of narcissistic inclinations. In 2001, Harding won the Archibald Prize for the portrait, John Bell as King Lear.

Represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery.

Figures, particularly head studies, have been a key element in the landscape schemes of Alan Jones. Self Portrait, 2016, is a powerful examination that has the artist surveying his ancestral past, that includes a controversial forebear, the ex-convict, Robert Forrester, who was acquitted of the shooting murder of a young Aboriginal man at Windsor in 1794. In 2008, Jones was awarded the Paddington Art Prize, and in 2015, was awarded the Mosman Art Prize. He was a finalist in the 2013 & 2014 Archibald Prize.

Represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery.

The renowned multi-talented artist Peter Kingston is an acclaimed draftsman and inveterate traveller. On his travels, he is often struck by surprising scenes from everyday life. In Insomnia, 2015, the artist found himself patrolling the streets of Rome before the tourists were about. To his bemusement, he discovered a team of workmen vacuuming the days ‘takings’ out of the Trevi Fountain. The charcoal drawing is a fine example of the artist’s keen sensibility and droll wit.  

Represented by Australian Galleries.

Ildiko Kovacs is highly-regarded for her distinctive linear abstractions that are often linked to landscape experiences. Portraiture, and particularly self portraiture, is something of a departure for the artist. Weaving a loose charcoal line across a ground of oil-based pigment, Kovacs has distilled a remarkable self-portrait – brave and self assured. In 2015, the artist was awarded the prestigious Bvlgari Award, and was a finalist in the Wynne Prize that year.

Represented by Martin Browne Contemporary.


The much celebrated New Zealand-born artist Euan Macleod has spent the last few decades grappling with the extreme terrain of his adopted country. In the diptych Split self-portrait, 2015, we sense the Australian–based artist being drawn back to the muted waterways and dark headlands of his homeland. Among the artist’s many awards is the Sulman Prize 2001, the Blake Prize 2006, the Gallipoli Art Prize 2009 and the Archibald Prize in1999 for Self portrait/head like a hole.

Represented by Watters Gallery.

In Heaven’s Above, 2015, Ron McBurnie has produced a fine pen & ink drawing imbued with his characteristic whimsy and wit. In his reflection on the notion of time passing, we are presented with images of the artist at various stages of life’s journey. Based in Townsville, Ron McBurnie is one of Australia’s leading printmakers.

Represented in Sydney by Janet Clayton Gallery.

In Self portrait as my favourite self portrait (Lucien Freud), 2016, Guy Maestri has skilfully sidestepped the direct approach to self portraiture. While confidently rendering a fine likeness of his nose, the artist has chosen to abandon further personal features to concentrate his efforts on the head of the painter, Lucien Freud – an artist Maestri has long admired.

Guy Maestri was awarded the Archibald Prize in 2009 for his portrait of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

Represented by Olsen Erwin Gallery.

Robert Malherbe has taken the opportunity to don a favourite panama hat in Self Portrait, 2016. While the confident, sartorial pose is expertly executed in oils, the artist has gone further, and in the dark eyes reveals the inner struggle that gives shape and substance to the creative impulse. In 2015, the artist was awarded the Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude. He is a regular finalist in the Wynne and Archibald prizes.

Angus Nivison lives and works in the granite country around Walcha, NSW. The artist’s self portrait, Summer mirror image – wearing thin, 2016, reveals the resigned expression of a man closely linked to the vagaries of his environment. The artist has been shortlisted for the Archibald three times, and in1998 won the Kedumba Drawing Prize. In 2002, he was awarded the the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Represented Utopia Art, Sydney.


The expressive, gestural self portrait of Charmaine Pike has the artist imbedded in the landscape. The impressive, atmospheric study is imbued with a sense of foreboding. The artist’s distinct visual language conveys the unforgiving outback atmosphere felt in tough, isolated locations. Her works are held in regional galleries and private collections.

Represented by Defiance Gallery.

Rodney Pople is a latter day iconoclast, famed for his uncompromising depictions of institutional sexual abuse, along with visceral depictions of the slaughter of the African elephant and other endangered species. For the Bouddi Arts Foundation, the artist has depicted himself as a transvestite, with the carcass of a platypus draped across his lap. Both are highly-endangered idiosyncratic examples of the Australian experience. The artist was awarded the Sulman Prize in 2008, and in 2012 the Glover Prize for landscape. He has been shortlisted for the Archibald Prize on several occasions.

Represented by Australian Galleries.

As a passionate advocate for the universal abolishment of the death penalty, Ben Quilty has confronted this atrocity at close quarters: The recent execution of his friends, Myuran Sukumaran & Andrew Chan left him bereft. As an artist, his practice is largely focused on aspects of the human condition. Quilty’s Self Portrait, 2016, is a riveting, psychic excavation. Among his many prizes, the artist was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2009, and the Archibald Prize in 2011 for his portrait of friend and mentor, Margaret Olley.

The talented young artist Jordan Richardson (b.1993) is a direct beneficiary of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts. After being awarded a grant by the foundation in 2014, the artist was shortlisted and highly-commended for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship that same year and the following year. The Buffoon (self portrait) 2016, is a salute to Velasquez - an artist he is investigating for his honours year at the National Art School, Sydney.  

Former Kincumber High School student.


Throughout her celebrated career, Wendy Sharpe has long been inspired by the transformative power of theatre & burlesque. In Self Portrait in a Circus Hat, 2016, the artist is captivated by in the vibrant atmosphere and joie de vivre of the circus world. At the time, Wendy was resident artist at Circus Oz. She has won the Sulman Prize in 1986, the Portia Geach Memorial Award both in1995 & 2003, and in 1996, the Archibald Prize for Self Portrait as Diana of Erskineville.

Represented by King Street Gallery on William.

A key to Mirra Whale’s art practice lies in her acute powers of observation. Her fine artistry is evident in in the many vivid depictions of natural phenomena. Self Portrait, 2016, is a blazing examination of the artist gazing intently at her reflection. The work reveals a character of intensity and strength. In 2014 & 2015, the artist was short-listed for the Archibald Prize.

Emma Walker’s penetrating gaze in Mother, sister, daughter, self, 2016, 

has a quizzical air. Approaching mid-career, Walker ponders the present while reflecting on the influences that have given shape to the artist’s life.

In 2015, she was awarded the Jacaranda Prize for drawing at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

Represented by Arthouse Gallery.

After decades spent carefully examining and reacting to the complex landscape systems that shape our environment, John Wolseley has taken a moment to reflect on the notion of time passing across his own personal frontier. The discovery of a self portrait he sketched in Paris in1959, at the age of 21, sparked the creation of an intriguing ‘double selfie’ that is a superbly rendered reflection on the enduring spirit of a dedicated artist.

Represented by Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

Auction 17th March  at 7.00pm

Yellow House Exhibition Centre 59 Macleay Street Potts Point