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Holding back the years, 2019

Andrea Sinclair

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

These days I do not spend that much time looking at myself, except for seeing my reflection in the mirror during my morning routine. Sometimes I am shocked when the inside feeling doesn't quite match the ageing outside appearance. A towel wrapped tightly around my head to hold back my wet hair is a kind of instant facelift, as it makes the skin on my face taut and lets me see a woman that hasn't changed quite so much. Painting this self-portrait was an act of closer inspection, self-contemplation and acceptance.

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Darling Portrait Prize

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

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

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.