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Self-portrait with studio spirits, 2019

Kate Beynon

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

This self-portrait contemplates life as a contemporary woman artist of mixed cultural identity, and the ongoing quest to explore ideas, channel creative energy, and balance art in life. The work also reflects a love of colour, textiles and fashion, and interest in translating imagery into wearable art forms. The studio spirits are part-inspired by various creatures and shape-shifters from mythic, supernatural and sci-fi tales, re-imagined to appear as unconventional guardian figures and talismans. The connecting of the earthly self with other-worldly figures aims to represent positive, hybrid visions, for current and future times.

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.