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eX de Medici, artist, 2017

by Gary Grealy

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

It was with trepidation that I approached eX de Medici – an intensely private person with no desire to have her image on public view – to ask to make her portrait; reluctantly, she agreed. eX is one of Australia's foremost contemporary artists, with her work held in the collections of our most prestigious galleries and museums. Her art is a captivating mix of guns and military helmets juxtaposed with the natural world – flowers and endangered species form backdrops and textures. eX is photographed here on a plain backdrop overlaid with writing from her ‘wall of shame’. The text overlaying her image is an acknowledgement of the tattooist within the fine artist.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Other NPPP photos from Gary Grealy

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay
2017 Winner
Brian and Gene Sherman
2010 Finalist
Sophie and Ann Cape – artists, 2014 by Gary Grealy
2015 Finalist
The Art Lovers - Megan, 2013 by Gary Grealy
2014 Finalist

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Seduce and Destroy

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2001

Magda Keaney explores the symbolism in eX de Medici's portrait of Midnight Oil.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant
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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Previous exhibition, 2018

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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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.

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