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Evert Ploeg

b. 1963

Evert Ploeg (b. 1963), began his career as a commercial illustrator in the mid-80s. He received wide attention in 1997 when he attempted to enter the Archibald Prize with a portrait of Bananas in Pyjamas, which was later purchased by the ABC. His portrait of Deborah Mailman, now one of the most popular paintings in the National Portrait Gallery, won the Archibald Prize People’s Choice Award in 1999, as did his portrait of George Ellis in 2007; his portrait of Jana Wendt earned him the Packing Room Prize in 2004. In 2005 he won the Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize and also his first International Award at the Portrait Society of America International competition, in which he garnered further awards in 2011 (Best of Show), 2012 and 2017. He has also achieved repeated success in that society’s annual members-only competition, including a First Place in 2017 and life-long ‘Signature Status’ in 2018. In 2010 he was part of the BIGhART stage production Namatjira, painting portraits of leading actor Trevor Jamieson on stage. Four years later he participated in another BIGhArt project, Blue Angel, spending seven days aboard an oil tanker painting crew members. Long-listed in the BP Portrait Award in London in 2015 and 2016, Ploeg was one of ten artists to compete in an Alla Prima Portrait Competition at the Grand Central Academy in New York in October 2015. With works in many private collections around the world as well as one in the Australian War Memorial and five in the University of Melbourne, Ploeg now has six portraits in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
Updated 2018