The 2013 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture will take place in September 2013 in the heart of Perth, Western Australia.
41 artworks by Australia’s best portrait artists will be on display. In 2013 the exhibition also features the newly instigated Black Swan Prize for Heritage – “Portrait of a City”, where 25 artworks depicting aspects of the Heritage of Perth will be on display.

2013 Exhibition Dates and Times:
Location:  137 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia
Dates:  Friday 20th September – Monday 30th September
Times:  Open daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 – 4:00pm



2013 Black Swan Portrait Prize Finalist – “Clarrie”

This is a man with no initials after his name, yet has accomplished great things.

This is a man that no books bare his title, yet has written true bush ballads.

This is a man with no golden guitar on his mantel, but sings a haunting tune.

This is a man that has never been to war but wears his medals with pride.

Like many unsung heroes, this living Australian icon is from a generation that has helped forge this so called lucky country we live in.

Clarrie, a man that has witnessed many things throughout his life, and endured true hardship in tough times, which unmistakably is etched into his furrowed brow.  A man amongst many of his generation that has played a part in indentifying this land, all with hard work, selflessness and grit in a blue collard society.

Yet faced with many adversities and conquering most throughout his life, nothing could prepare him for his ultimate challenge, when his wife of over 50 years becomes ill.

As he sits and stares blankly at his veggie patch, with the worries of the world weighing heavily on his shoulders, none of what he has experienced in life now matters, without Ethel by his side.

This man is my Father.

Rose Wilson’s subject, Dan Flynn, manages –with his brother John – Flynn Silver, the family firm founded by their father Dan over 60 years ago. Now one of the world’s most respected design houses and a member of both Goldsmiths’ Hall in London and the Australian Gold and Silversmiths Guild, Flynn Silver can be found in Buckingham Palace, the White House, the Vatican and the offices of high-profile corporations.

‘Dan Flynn and I have been friends for 10 years, meeting for the first time as local judges for a charity art competition in the country,’ says Wilson. ‘I thought he was the perfect candidate for a portrait with his cheeky look, smouldering eyes and untamed hair.’
When she approached Flynn he was quite passionate that his brother should also be in the portrait since they work as a team, so Wilson embarked on two works, one of Flynn and one of the two brothers. However, a house fire meant that she only had time to finish one for the Archibald and chose this one – hence its title.

Wilson uses her hands in a technique similar to the way Aboriginal ceremonial paint is rubbed onto the skin of performers – a weekly event she witnessed while living in East Arnhem Land for two years.

‘I have been painting this way for years,’ she says. ‘Using a white background I brushwork in the detail, then I use paint straight from the tube onto my hands and mould the figure to life. I work on paper, which means the oil can’t be rubbed off, so once the mark is made it can’t be removed. This gives the work a fresh, spontaneous and raw look.’

Born in Albury NSW in 1964, Wilson studied at the National Art School and Darwin University, acquiring her BA (Visual Arts) at Newcastle University in 1997. She dedicates most of her time to portraiture and landscape. Even though she has been a practicing artist for 15 years, it has only been in the last three years that she has entered art prizes. During that time she has been selected for the James Farrell Self Portrait Award, the Salon des Refusés and was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.


Brother of John

Rose Wilson a Finalist!

Rose Wilson was amongst 30 finalists chosen for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. With over 700 entries only 35 are chosen with the winning portrait receiving $150,000 Dollars. The Moran Portrait Prize is known not only for the richest portrait prize in Australia but the world. The aim of the competition is to encourage and promote contemporary Australian portraiture.

Rose Wilson was born and bred in Albury and ventured to the Big smoke as a young Adult. “All of my family still live in Albury/Wodonga, we are a close family so I venture back quite often. I’ve been on the go since leaving home, and since meeting my husband (a Wodonga boy), 19 years ago, I’ve been fortunate to venture to places not only in Australia but overseas. Regardless of where I’ve been, Albury is still home.

Rose has been painting portraiture for 14 years since acquiring her BAVA at Newcastle University. She has travelled extensively throughout Australia and has settled for country life in the Macedon Rangers. Majority of my portraits have been of Indigenous Australian as my husband and I lived in east Arnhem for a couple of years plus I also maintain a relationship with a community at Elcho Island.

The Moran Portrait prize will open on the 10th of August at the State Library of NSW, and the announcement of the winners including second and 3 highly recommended will take place on the opening night. The Exhibition will run for 3 months. The Salon De Refuse is still travelling around NSW and is currently in Tweed Heads.



The Composer II

Ian McDonald was a perfect candidate for a striking portrait for the Archibald. This charismatic music composer had the untamed  hair of Beethoven and piercing eyes of Mozart, yet also a humorous side, which I portray ever so slightly with a curl in the corner of the mouth.

Since it was my first entry to the Archibald I didn’t think I would be in the running. When I received a phone call from the S.H. Irvine trust, informing me I had been selected for  the Salon de Refuse I was totally overwhelmed.  Even though commonly known by oher artists as ‘The Rejects” it is a great honour  to receive this award. Chosen from over 800 Archibald entries, 35 portraits are chosen after the Archibald finalist., “the best of the rest” it’s also commonly known as.,  The Exhibition goes till the end of may then  to tweed heads for another month., The Salon de Refuse also has it’s peoples choice, so fingers crossed.

The Composer