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Elizabeth, 2019

Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize Winner

Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, PhD has been described as the high priestess of Australian contemporary dance. I‘m inspired by her constant reinvention as dancer, choreographer, actor, director, and environmental activist. Mostly, my artwork spans drawing; painting in oils, acrylic and water-based mediums; and light box installation – and I often incorporate X-rays to reference the luminous and dynamic human body. Charcoal is a product of fire, and, similar to oils, I love how it washes over surfaces, how it blends and erases.  Here, Elizabeth is momentarily resting her feet at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre near Bungendore, preparing for her next adventure.

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Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

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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.