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DJ Lady Erica, 2019

Sean Burton

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Melbourne-based Dr Erica Myers-Davis, born in England to a Jamaican family, has spent nearly half her life in Australia – she’s a true Commonwealth citizen. Myers-Davis is a multidimensional creative: she brings people together on dance floors as DJ Lady Erica; she raises millions of dollars for Australian charities through community service; she heals, through art, those recovering from mental illness; and she advocates for Commonwealth (in particular, Jamaican) veterans and their families who struggle to put a meal on the table. She is fierce and inspiring, yet gentle. I found painting her portrait a challenging but rewarding process.

People's Choice Award

Darling Portrait Prize

Voting closes Sunday 31 May 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

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Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.