A woman who has never painted, received an award of $ 150,000 for the best portrait
The expression “lucky beginners”, as it turned out, can be applied not only to gambling, but even to quite serious competitions in the art world. So, this year the most prestigious competition for the best portrait in Australia and a reward of $ 150,000 was won by Lynn Savery from Melbourne, who had never painted portraits before and did not paint with oil paints.
Lynn Savery describes herself as a “self-taught artist.” She sent two of her paintings to the Doug Moran National Portrait Portrait Prize, one of which was a self-portrait – Lynn portrayed herself sitting on a chair, along with a bulldog falling apart at her feet – and it was she who conquered the jury. Both pictures of Lynn went to the list of finalists, consisting of 30 works. In total, more than 1,300 films participated in the competition, so the jury definitely had a lot to choose from.
In the finals of the contest, Lynn had quite serious opponents – last year’s winner with a portrait of his wife, as well as at least three globally recognized artists with extensive experience in writing portraits. It’s funny that before that Lynn sent her job to another, slightly less prestigious contest – New South Wales ’Archibald Prize – and there they refused to accept her work.
Drawing for Lynn was just a hobby, just like writing – the woman has four children’s books and one big novel, all of which at one time were rejected by the publisher. “You ask me if I was upset that I was denied a contest then, and I know a lot about refusals – I have more than enough of them,” smiles Lynn.
Explaining his choice, the jury speaks about the emotional fullness of the canvas, scrupulous attention to detail, as well as the ability of the artist to create a complete picture with a clearly traced plot.
The 58-year-old Lynn herself says that she painted most of her life, but she became more or less seriously engaged in art only for the last two years, when, after a severe depression, she went to an evening drawing course. At the same time, the woman doesn’t have her main occupation – in her life, as she herself says, “I have been everywhere”: I designed furniture, created musical instruments, men’s leather belts, defended my doctoral dissertation on politics, worked at the university, for several years Worked at the UN in the institution for the protection of women’s rights …
Lynn admits that she did not pay enough attention to drawing, as she was busy with personal problems – for the last two years she has been caring for her sick father (he died in February of this year), as well as for her husband, who has cancer. And therefore, when Lynn found out that she won the contest, it was a huge shock for her, although, of course, she was delighted. “I don’t know what I actually painted – the part of me that suffers from depression and anxiety, or the part that is optimistic and trying to rely on its strength? Others say that I look confident in the picture. ”
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