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Walking a fine line

Line drawing with Caroline Zilinsky

Saturday 8 October 2022
10:30am – 12:30pm AEDT
Live online
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky

Bookings essential - free

This program will be delivered using Zoom.

Join Darling Portrait Prize 2022 finalist Caroline Zilinsky in a deep dive into drawing, focussing on the importance of line in creating a portrait. Concentrate on composition, discover the delights of incorporating ’mistakes’ and get creative with both these aspects of drawing from life. Then colour it up and see how the image transforms. Zilinsky delights in the abstracted image inkling towards a psychological interrogation.

Caroline Zilinsky is the most enigmatic of painters and possesses an eye that drills into the very soul of her sitters, revealing their most intimate truths. Portraiture is central to her art practice as she sees it as the ultimate interrogation of the human psyche.

Her work explores the grotesque, absurd and tragic aspects of human nature through narrative imagery. She echoes many of the themes of the Australian Modernism greats and stylistically, acknowledges a debt to their introspective investigations into an uncomfortable world.

Caroline Zilinsky was the winner of the 2020 Portia Geach Memorial Award—Australia's most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women. She is also a regular finalist in other premier art prizes including the Darling Portrait Prize (National Portrait Gallery), the Sulman Prize (Art Gallery of NSW), the SBS Portrait Prize, the Kilgour Prize (Newcastle Art Gallery), the Blake Prize for Religious Art (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre) and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Zilinsky lives and works in Sydney, Australia.  

Some suggested materials to have prepared:

  • Heavyweight/good quality paper, 200 -300gm
  • Lead pencils, in the range of HB - 4B 
  • Coloured pencils and/or pastels
  • Eraser and sharpener

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC

Access information

Make a booking and the Gallery will email you details on how to connect with us using Zoom.

For access support or other ways to book please email bookings@npg.gov.au or phone 02 6102 7070 prior to your visit.

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