14 May 2012

Dame Edna and Slim

How's this for a car park entry? As you drive into the underground car park at the National portrait Gallery in Canberra you're greeted by the smiling visages of two Australian icons - Dame Edna and Slim Dusty.

The exhibition finishes in Canberra on 20 May and starts a 10 month tour of Australia.

There were 46 finalists chosen from 1600 entries. I think there was a pattern to the finalist's entries:

  • Most finalists subjects were individuals
  • There was an absence of obvious Photoshopping
  • Technical quality was extremely high
  • The subject's eyes were sharp and told a story
  • There was about a 50/50 split between portrait studies and environmental portraits  
What's next?
Entries to the Fremantle Portrait Prize close on 1 August 2012

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