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Griffith Artist, Anthea da Silva wins inaugural Darling Portrait Prize

Griffith-based artist, Anthea da Silva has been announced as the inaugural winner of the Darling Portrait Prize, for her painting of the ‘high priestess’ of Australian contemporary dance, Dr. Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM.

With $75,000 in winnings, The Darling Portrait Prize is a new national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. 

The panel of judges said  Anthea da Silva’s Elizabeth 2019 is a gentle, beguiling portrait that reveals the fragile, fluid nature of the human body. Here is a woman who has spent her life moving and while she is captured here sitting, she looks set to leap. We were struck by the deliberate power of the seemingly unfinished elements of the work because, like Elizabeth, the complete picture is yet to be filled in – there is much yet for her to do.”

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