Thirroul artist India Mark has been named a finalist in Australia’s most prestigious portraiture prize.
India’s painting ‘A Day at the Gallery with Dane Taylor’, who is from local band Shining Bird has been named as one of 52 finalists from a field of more than 900 entrants in this year’s Archibald Prize.
She is one of 24 first-time finalists in the running for the award, which is a remarkable achievement as she’s still completing her Master of Fine Arts at the National Art School.
Last year, two of India’s paintings were acquired by the NAS archival collection.
It’s an incredible achievement for the young local artist who recently graduated from art school and is now one of the Egg and Dart’s stable of artists. She was recently part of the ‘Locals Lonely’ event at Thirroul’s Egg and Dart. You may also recognise India from her days working at Big Star Cafe in Coledale).
The Egg and Dart has released an email congratulating India in which she describes her artwork:-
“I wanted to paint Dane as simply as possible,” she says. “Almost as a silhouette, with a strong focus on his most distinctive features- his eyes, eye brows and his beard.
“The painting within a painting is a symbolic motif used by the 17th century Dutch masters to imply elements of the narrative that aren’t apparent, such as a state of mind, character or emotional situation. The painting behind Dane is a loose appropriation of Rupert Bunny’s ‘Sea Idyll’ and is an ode to figurative classicism in Australian art history.”
You can read more about India and her work HERE.
The team at Egg and Dart couldn’t be prouder of India.
The winner of the Archibald Prize will be announced on July 15 whilst the exhibition opens at the Art Gallery of NSW on July 16.