Sydney students speak: portraits
Explore a different portrait each week
In this series of short talks, students from Sydney’s art schools and universities share their picks of the painted faces in the Gallery’s collection.
Image: Sidney Nolan Self portrait (detail) 1943, purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1997 © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library
The Master of the 1540s ‘Portrait of a young woman’ 1541
Hanli Uys grew up in South Africa, New Zealand, Botswana and Australia. After studying communications, cultural studies and French, she has returned to study her prevailing interest in art and is currently in her first year at the National Art School. Equally a writer and an artist, Hanli is interested in artworks as vehicles for philosophical ideas and in using drawing as an investigative tool to discover the soul of the object.
Wednesday 20 August 2014 7:15pm – 7:35pm
Peter Paul Rubens ‘Self portrait’ 1623
Mardi Vassella has taught in a Western Sydney school for six years before returning to university recently. She is currently enrolled in the master of art administration at UNSW Art & Design. She is interested in how public programs support people in developing their artistic education and appreciation.
Wednesday 27 August 2014 7:15pm – 7:35pm
Four Australian self portraits
In a special event, four students take on four Australian self portraits.
Benjamin (‘Akira’) Lasker on Roland Wakelin’s Self portrait 1920
Benjamin is currently enrolled as a second year in the bachelor of visual arts (photomedia) at Sydney College of the Arts. His interests lie in the politics of internet cultures, particularly those surrounding video games and Japanese animation. In the future, Benjamin hopes to lecture at universities and curate shows as an academic who is inspired by these themes of political action.
Sarah Fitzgerald on Nora Heysen’s Self portrait 1932
After completing a bachelor of arts at the University of Sydney majoring in fine arts and psychology, Sarah went on to study architecture. She practiced for the next decade in this field before returning to her first love of art. Sarah is now majoring in painting at the National Art School and is keen to work as a visual artist. She also intends to pursue her interest in the history and theory of art particularly in relation to the notion of 'place’ in contemporary society.
Elizabeth Rankin on Margaret Olley’s Portrait in a mirror 1948
Elizabeth is a drawing honours student at the National Art School having already completed a painting major. Previously she completed an honours degree in history and has teaching experience in this field. Elizabeth is interested in the narrative processes of drawing and Australian cultural mythologies. She have exhibited at Robin Gibson as part of the New talent group show (2013) and has had solo shows at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery and at At The Vanishing Point in Newtown.
Dominic Byrne on Sidney Nolan’s Self portrait 1943
Dominic is currently enrolled in a bachelor of fine arts at the National Art School, majoring in painting. In the middle of my third year, Dominic is interested in the processes of painting that aren’t necessarily based in the material aspects of the medium. He is currently exploring the construction of an image through the medium of video.
Wednesday 3 September 2014 7:15pm – 8:35pm
George W Lambert 'The red shawl' 1913
Amanda Metcalf is a student of literature and art theory currently in her final year at the University of New South Wales and at UNSW Art & Design. Amanda feels an affinity with the term ‘enthusiast’ and as such she seeks to one day align herself within the life-enriching industry that follows.
Wednesday 10 September 2014 7:15pm – 7:35pm
Francis Bacon 'Self portrait' 1971
Ivana Jovanovic is a third year photography major at the National Art School. In her own practice, she explores the uncanny and the strange as metaphors for anxieties and fears inherent in the human condition. Ivana enjoys work that plays between ideas of the beautiful and the grotesque.
Wednesday 17 September 2014 7:15pm – 7:35pm
Pablo Picasso 'Woman lying on a couch (Dora Maar)' 1939
Claire Field graduated with a bachelor of fine arts at the University of Tasmania in 2001 and attained a scholarship to study at the University of Hawaii. Claire gained experience as a curator in Hobart and provided an exhibition platform for emerging artists. She also orchestrated solo exhibitions by contemporary South Indian and transnational artists. Claire is currently completing a master of art curatorship at the University of Sydney.
Wednesday 24 September 2014 7:15pm – 7:35pm