Meet The Portrait Painters

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The 2016 Archibald Prize Finalists have just been announced and while in the current year none of the participating artists  in the  Noosa Open Studios event entered, two of its highly acclaimed artists - Helen Lawson and Chris Postle -  have in previous years submitted outstanding works into this prestigious Australian portraiture prize.

HELEN LAWSON:  "The discipline of Still Life led me to enjoy portraiture" says Helen.   Helen has entered the Archibald Portrait Prize twice.  One entry was of Geraldine Doogue renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster.  "I wished to portray Geraldine's serene and calm inner strength" explains Helen.  In another year Helen's entry depicted the life of the hard living tour manager of the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and Grateful Dead, Sam Cutler.  The ring in the portrait is a gift from The Grateful Dead and worn proudly by Sam.

CHRIS POSTLE:  Noosa Open Studios artist Chris Postle in his 25 year art career had never entered the Archibald Portrait Prize but after spending time with Allan Niblett, pioneer of The NIblett Technique, a very popular and widely used deep tissue muscle and tendon therapy, Chris knew he needed to paint him as an Archibald entry.  "I was totally intrigued by his many facets" said Chris "His incredible life stories notched deeply in his aging face and hands".
Oscar Wilde famously said "Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist not the sitter".  And this is in evidence in the works of another Noosa Open Studios portrait artist, Gina Barclay.  

GINA BARCLAY: Her 'Anzac Sons' series are of her two sons portrayed in Anzac uniforms for the 100th Anzac Anniversary.  Personalising the Anzac commemoration from a mother's perspective, Gina explains "Having sons go off to war and maybe never return became more real whilst drawing my own boys looking a little dazed and traumatized.

If ever you need an excuse to go to Noosa on the Queensland's Sunshine Coast in August, there could never be a better one for lovers of art.  You can engage with the artists and view their works in their studios during the Noosa Open Studios event being held over 3 days in August – Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August.  Over 40 artists and artisans shall be welcoming attendees to their creative space.  Studio Bus Tours are available with pick up points in Hastings St, Gympie Tce and at the event Hub at Wallace House in Noosaville.  For further information including accommodation partners and studio bus tour bookings: or email

Noosa Open Studios Inc :
PO Box 473, Noosaville
0411 244 304
Noosa Open Studios Inc

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