Brushed with success

Alison Mitchell's oil painting 'self portrait as a still life' is a finalist in the 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award for women's portraiture.

Alison Mitchell's oil painting 'self portrait as a still life' is a finalist in the 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award for women's portraiture.

Two artists with links to Riverton are finalists in the 2015 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

Alison Mitchell from Riverton and her step-daughter Tsering Hannaford are the only South Australian artists to be shortlisted for this year’s prize.

The annual art award, which recognises portraiture of the highest artistic merit by an Australian female artist, comes with a prize of $30,000.

In Ms Mitchell’s entry, ‘Self-portrait as still life’, the artist’s face is reflected in a mirror behind an arrangement of pottery, and was painted in oils.

She has exhibited extensively in South Australia, and was the winner of the Burra Art Prize in 2014.

Tsering Hannaford is the daughter of Riverton artist Robert 'Alfie' Hannaford.

She began painting at four years of age in her father’s studio before relocating to Adelaide to attend university.

She has since forged her own art career, been a finalist in the Archibald Prize – Salon des Refuses, A.M.E. Bale Art Prize, RSASA Biennial Portrait Prize, a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, winner of the Helpmann Academy Emerging Artist Award in 2013 and was a finalist in this year’s Archibald Prize.

Her entry is a portrait of Adelaide artist Julia Townsend.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is a non-acquisitive award for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, literature, or science by a female artist residing in Australia. 

This year’s winner will be announced on September 17.

Tsering Hannaford's portrait of artist Julia Townsend.

Tsering Hannaford's portrait of artist Julia Townsend.

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