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Jenny Sages - artist, 2012

by Gary Grealy

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 Finalist

Jenny Sages is an artist of exceptional skill and talent. Her portraits have been exhibited in the Archibald Prize no less than 20 times. I saw a documentary on Jenny titled ‘Paths to Portraiture’, and I was taken by the tactile nature of Jenny’s practice; her hands seemed to caress the canvas. This drew me to make contact and request the opportunity to make a portrait. She was vibrant and generous, full of life and encouragement – it was a complete delight.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Other NPPP photos from Gary Grealy

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay
2017 Winner
eX de Medici, artist, 2017 by Gary Grealy
2018 Finalist
Brian and Gene Sherman
2010 Finalist
Sophie and Ann Cape – artists, 2014 by Gary Grealy
2015 Finalist

Related information

Kate Grenville

'Making Stories'

Portrait story

Australian writer Kate Grenville discusses her career and portrait by Jenny Sages.

Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000
Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000

Paths to portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

The life and art of Australian artist Jenny Sages is on display in the exhibition Paths to Portraiture.

Irina Baronova (handing on the baton)
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton)
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton)
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton)

Handing on the baton

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the life of ballerina Irina Baranova through the portrait by Australian artist Jenny Sages.

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