Subject: Tim Jones, Title: Mr Jones won’t be coming for dinner

The Black Swan Prize is one of Australia’s richest Portraiture Prizes, featuring the:

  • $50,000 Lester Group Prize
  • $7,500 Amana Living People’s Choice Prize; and the NEW
  • $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize.

Showcasing Australia’s top artists this is an exhibition not to be missed!

And the finalists are…

A huge thank you to all of the artists who entered the Black Swan Prize this year. Click here to view the finalists:




The 2015 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture exhibition will be held from September 24th – October 4th in the heart of Perth, Western Australia. 40 artworks by Australia’s finest portrait artists will be on display. The exhibition also features artworks by outstanding young and disadvantaged artists.

The 2015 Black Swan Prize is one of Australia’s richest Portraiture Prizes, featuring the $50,000 Lester Group 1st Prize.
Showcasing and promoting Australia’s top artists this is an exhibition/competition. 40 finalists have been chosen for this year’s Black Swan Prize exhibition.

Also one of the Black Swan’s major sponsors St John of God Health have selected 10 portraits be exhibited for a further month. Fortunately mine was selected!

Link to Finalists Page

Tim Jones

© Rose Wilson – Tim Jones



I haven’t endeavoured to pick up a paint brush for 10 months, but am experiencing “Empty Nesting” so I’ve bought it forward a little, I ventured into the Studio with trepidation “Oh Mr Hart! What a mess! But we have finally constructed 2 massive canvases for me to start on an epic landscape, and I have reworked an oil sketch that has given me grief for a long time, but the challenge was on and I have found my “Mojo” completing an intense portrait, it being first of the new series. I hope to go up North this year to visit the community and rekindle the connection with the subjects I paint! The work will be in the Little Gallery as of Friday the 28th. Feel free to pop in and have a look, you can also feel up-to-date via our Facebook page.



STUDIO DATES 3, 4, 5, 6 & 10-11 NOVEMBER 2012 | STUDIOS OPEN 10am – 5pm

Welcome to the inaugural Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios – in other words a celebration of the cornucopia of talented artists living and working in the region! We invite you on our magic carpet to visit them on the first two weekends in November!

Over recent years, the Daylesford MacedonRanges region – or DMR – has developed iconic status for its day-visit distance from Melbourne and concentration of spa and wellness centres, vignerons, culinary masters and producers of fine food and wine. Its other cultural riches, the painters, sculptors, jewellers, ceramicists, metal artists, textile artists, designers and various other artists operating in the region, have remained out of the public eye. DMR Open Studios is ‘Open Sesame’ – unlocking the doors of their studios and treasures within.

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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

From the Northern Territory to central Victoria, and from smeared portraiture to lush landscapes, Rose Wilson captures the bush.

It’s the tall, slim gums in central Victoria that inspire landscape and portrait artist, Rose Wilson. The stately trees gently sway in the spring breeze, whispering the secrets of 150 years of settlement: abandoned gold mines, potato diggers and timber gatherers and, most days, Rose listens to their stories as she walks. Her landscapes of this area are etched with quotes, local stories and the occasional peeping wildlife. They’re not something to be viewed quickly, but they sell before she has finished painting them.

Cool-climate forests haven’t always been Rose’s home turf, though. After growing up in rural NSW, in 1991 aged 28, she sat in the searing heat of Katherine airport in the Northern Territory, waiting five days for a standby flight to an Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land, 570 kilometres east of Darwin. She had succumbed to a whirlwind romance with a pilot two months prior and, leaving Sydney, headed into the vast unknown. It was a defining time in her life and her art.

“The plane landed under the most magnificent sunset I’d ever seen,” Rose says. “Steve was there to meet me, and the sky was blackened with bats heading from a nearby island to feed on the mainland. I felt like I’d been plonked in the middle of nowhere. “In Arnhem Land I was totally taken by the Aboriginal people I came to know. We’d often sit around chatting and eating crab, and occasionally I would sketch.”

It’s easy to see why she was so taken with some of the cherubic faces that now beam out from the walls of her studio, making you want to cradle the little cheeks and smile right back into their eyes. After two years, Steve and Rose moved to Darwin, where she studied art at Darwin University. “I rolled up to register and a very gruff looking man went through my sketch portfolio and said, ‘Okay, you’re in! Come tomorrow’.”

Ray Hearn was Associate Dean at the time and he recalls, “We were quite clear about looking for important emotional art content and we knew straight away that she had the talent we were looking for, but I was also impressed by her enthusiasm and energy.”

This is an excerpt from a story in Issue 75 – Feb/Mar 2011 of Outback Magazine.

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