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Stan de Teliga, 1973

Vaike Liibus

oil on canvas (frame: 136.5 cm x 106.0 cm, support: 123.0 cm x 92.5 cm)

Stan de Teliga (1924-1998), artist and teacher, arrived in Australia with his Polish parents in 1926. After war service, he completed his diploma at Sydney’s National Art School in 1951, and tutored in art at the University of Sydney before spending six years in Hobart as a keeper at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Recipient of various gravelling grants in the 1960s and 1970s, from 1958 to 1995 he held about twenty solo exhibitions at Macquarie Galleries in Sydney and Solander in Canberra; he won many modest art prizes between 1962 and 1972. Meanwhile, he was director of the Blaxland Gallery from 1960 to 1966; he taught at the National Art School from 1966 to 1974 and was briefly head of the school; later he was a senior lecturer at Alexander Mackie College and the City Art Institute. He was an astute angler, and built a house near Nimmitabel, New South Wales, where he could see the trout rise. De Teliga’s bright abstracted landscapes are held in the National Gallery of Australia and several state galleries, as well as many institutional collections and regional galleries.

Vaike Liibus arrived in Sydney from her native Estonia as a twelve-year-old. Having studied window dressing, millinery and art, she was eleven times an Archibald finalist between 1956 and 1983.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Liibus family 2015

Accession number: 2015.95

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Vaike Liibus (age 56 in 1973)

Stan de Teliga

Donated by

Vivien Jackson (2 portraits)

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1. John Coburn, 1974. All Vaike Liibus.
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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.