Finalist 2022 | People's Choice Winner
The Beautiful Margaret Olley
About the artwork:
On hearing of this prize I felt inspired to paint Margaret Olley, who loved and lived in Newcastle for many years. I could see Margaret amongst her flowers, treasures and brushes in warm effervescent hues.
It’s one of those works where little thought was involved; it was more of a dance with paint. Vibrant colours are gentled down into a wash, reflecting her strong passion for life and art, as well her gentleness, compassion and incredible generosity for which she is so dearly remembered for.
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50cm x 60cm
Gouache on cotton paper
About the artist:
I grew up in Hamilton and studied at Newcastle University. My grandparents migrated from Austria to Australia, landing in Newcastle - my parents still live there. Newcastle is 'home' for our family.