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Davies wins Geach award

Tasmanian painter Amanda Davies has won Australia's most prestigious award for female portraitists with an impression of fellow artist Pat Brassington. Davies and Brassington both exhibit at North Hobart's Bett Gallery and Brassington posed for her colleague in an inside-out wedding dress. Davies explained that wedding dresses had been a recurring theme in Brassington's work for several decades. “I had a wedding dress in the studio that I had bought a few years ago from an op shop, and asked her to wear it inside-out for me,” Davies told The Advocate. “The wedding dress is ... a reference to surrealism and feminism, so it was a symbolic encounter.” The $30,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award, which dates back to 1965, is recognised as an important celebration of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters. It has played a major role in lifting the profiles of many artists. "The Geach" is awarded each year to "the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the 12 months preceding the close date for entries."

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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