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Sleep

Natasha Bieniek

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Sleep is a tiny, matchbox-sized oil painting of my husband, Nick. It shows him asleep, passed out, after a hard day at the hospital. Nick works in surgery, where the hours are long and all-consuming. Sleep has been a major focus in our household over the past year. Having a young baby has meant we’ve both gone through moments of complete sleep deprivation. My painting is a reflection of a particularly exhausting period in our lives, both emotionally and physically.

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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.