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Fiona O'Beirne Portrait of Alexandra Karpin

mixed media (acrylic, chalk pastel on cardboard)

118.9 x 91.44 cm

Image courtesy the artist

The subject of this portrait by Fiona O’Beirne is artist Alexandra Karpin (born 1957), a friend from when they both studied at UNSW College of Fine Arts. Karpin was president of the Sydney Printmakers Association at the time the portrait was painted. Originally her surname was misspelled Carpin in the Archibald Prize 1988 catalogue. Other portraits of her, by Jenny Sands, were exhibited in the Archibald Prize 1989 and 1990, making it three years in a row for the sitter.