Vol. 9 Issue 3 May/June 2011


Peter Smeeth: Winner: The 2011 Sir John Sulman prize for genre/subject painting, for: “The Artist’s Fate”, the latest in a fascinating series of self-portraits. We can all relate to the theme of the work, which Peter comments on his blog as: “rejection …is like losing an arm and a leg and being stabbed in the eye…”

PAA Member Jiawei Shen won the Sir John Sulman Award in 2006 with a grand Historical narrative: “Peking Treaty 1901”.

Jiawai Shen and Marcus Callum: finalists in the 2011 Archibald Prize.

Sally Robinson: selected for the 2011 Archibald Salon des Refuses, S H Ervin Gallery.


Evert Ploeg: Finalist in Portrait Society of America International Competition, Atlanta, Georgia. His ‘Self Portrait in Bathroom’ was selected for the top 20 finalists, from a field of 1,750 entries.

Previous PAA Members selected as finalists in this US competition include Paul Newton and Nafisa Naomi.


Dates for the 2011 Annual General Meeting,

DATE  – Wednesday  22nd June.

Time: 7pm

VENUE –JulianAshtonArtSchool, atMiddleHarbourArtists’ Colony in Mosman. Map is included on the Proxy Form.



Robyn Werkhoven: collaborative exhibition with Eric Werkhoven: Caprice – “Holy Tirade Of The Heart Uncovered”


Dates: 27 June – 29 August 2011

Opening: Saturday 23 July 3-5pm.

Robyn writes: “Hope you can visit our new exciting show or attend the opening. There will be a video running on how Eric and I produce our collaborative works; and a CD Book featuring drawings, paintings and Eric’s sculptures.”




“An Evening with the Artists”

Our dinner party at Ripples,ChowderBay12th April was a huge success – everyone had a wonderful time and the

amount raised will go towards funding our next exhibiton inMelbournein November: $3,908.70 from the dinner tickets; and $925.65 from the raffle.



Sunday Spring Lunch”

at Ripples, Chowder Bay, with live music and gourmet dining; and an excellent raffle with great prizes. Details to be advised …

DATE16th October around midday until 5pm

Committee News


The Annual General Meeting 2011.

Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2011.

Time : 7pm – 9pm.

Venue: Julian Ashton ArtSchool, Mosman.

The AGM will be held at the beautiful oceanside location of the Julian Ashton Art School, at Middle Harbour Artists’ Colony in Mosman. Start time 7pm, but feel free to turn up early to chat with the artists. As you are aware, the Principal, Paul Delprat, is one of our patrons, and he has generously made the premises available to PAA. Wine and food, coffee and tea are provided, and parking is free. Map on proxy form.

Our accountant Robert Musumeci has audited the books and they will be presented for inspection. All positions on the committee are open for election at the AGM and votes will be taken by those present, plus proxies.

Proxy form: is included with this newsletterIf you are unable to attend the AGM, please fill in and mail this proxy voting form to the PAA post office box, nominating your proxy to represent your wishes in these matters.

Or just send an email to the executive team Janis, or Kathrin, or Judith Stevens, or someone else on the committee:



 Hon. Secretary report:

Our Secretary Judith Stevens apologies to anyone who has not received a receipt for fees and should they require one, please just send an email and it will be forwarded to them.

If anyone at this stage has not paid their 2011 fees  – we now have the option of Direct Depositing. Please make sure to use your ARTIST NAME when making the online deposit, so we can identify it. This new development will save a lot of work because artists can request a receipt when they lodge the Payment online.

Account Name: Portrait Artists Australia

Bank: Westpac

BSB: 032-199 Account Number: 186 549


PAA EXHIBITION November 2011 in Melbourne

Title of exhibition: “All the World’s A Stage”

DATES: 2nd – 21st November 2011, VAS Melbourne.

Opening Night: Tuesday 8th  November

THEME: Performance (PORTRAIT). This is a very broad theme addressing Performance of ALL kinds including the social and professional masks that people assume.   Inspiration may be drawn from parties; events; mardi gras; fashion week; theatre and performing arts. Have fun with it… please remember it is still a portrait, not a figurative work….




Vol. 8 Issue 1 January 2010


Dee Jackson: Group Exhibition: Acquaessence with artist Ellen Howell, sculptor Gunnell Watkins and ceramic artist Grant Keene.

Where: Newcastle Art Space, 19 November – 6 December 2009.

Review in The Sydney Morning Herald (Dec’09): “On the hot day of my visit, Dee Jackson’s watercolours … coolly interpreted the coastline.  Jackson uses her classic medium with skilful economy, whether her subject is children playing on the riverbank or the traditional poses of the ballet.” Jill Stowell.

Janis Lander: Group exhibition – Art 2K

When: 1st March – 3rd April 2010.

Where: Art Atrium, 181 Old South Head Rd, Bondi Junction  2022

Opening: Saturday 6th March, 2-5pm. All welcome.

Dee Jackson: is painting Dr Charles (Stalley) Barnes MSc PhD FTSE FRACI, a research scientist in CSIRO, CSR, Biotechnology Australia, and ResMed. Dr Barnes is a graduate of Adelaide and London Universities, with postgraduate research experience at Adelaide and Stanford Universities, Bi and Imperial College.

Welcome to New Members

  • Miriam Cabello
  • Robyn Werkhoven
  • Gregory Somers

Update – FACE OFF!

8th – 20th March 2010


There is space for 10 more people in the FACE OFF! EXHIBITION

Please see if you have time to paint a  small 16×16 in canvas with a close-up portrait for the March exhibition at MLC Gallery. Send your entry form and fee asap to the PAA PO Box, and a jpg image of the work in progress to nafisa.naomi@mac.com. Final image to be emailed by 25th February for the catalogue.

PLENTY OF TIME FOR A MINI GEM FOR THE EXHIBITION. Your child, husband, lover, self, grandmother, au pair….Email for extra entry form -jelander@bigpond.net.au

FACE OFF!Portrait Artists Australia presents an IN YOUR FACE exhibition of CLOSE-UPS! 60 penetrating paintings on 40×40 cm canvas examining the full spectrum of moods – intimate, intense, guarded, melancholy, whimsical, witty….

RESTRICTED SIZES OF CANVAS: 16 x 16 inches or 40 x 40 cm. Unframed canvas.

VENUE: MLC Gallery, Harris St., Ultimo. (opposite the Powerhouse, next block west.)

OPENING NIGHT: 7pm – 9pm, Tuesday 9th March 2010 – Speaker to be advised.

DURATION OF EXHIBITION: 8th – 20th March 2010.



REPORT: Our Annual Arty Party 2010 was a huge success. PAA artists, their families and friends took pleasure in food, wine and excellent company on a summer’s evening overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. Many guests enjoyed a few hours sketching the model.

A thank you to our esteemed patron Paul Delprat who made JAAS at Middle Harbour Artists’ Colony available for the event. Thanks to Nafisa for organising the venue and the model, special thanks to Alex and Marilyn for bringing a tasty triple smoked ham, and to all the others who brought delicacies. It was so good to catch up with everyone and thank you to the members who traveled long distances to be there (including Central Coast and Bathurst). Those who were unable to make it – you were missed! Please make a note in your diaries for January 2011 for the next PAA Arty Party!!! (just before Australia Day.)

NOTICE – Evert Ploeg:

2-Day Weekend Workshop: “Advanced oil portrait/figurative workshops in a true atelier atmosphere with a costumed character. Limited to only 6 participants to allow personal instruction, Evert will mentor, demonstrate and encourage your development as a representational painter. Morning & Afternoon tea provided.” Evert is an award-winning portrait artist and PAA member, whose works hang in major collections throughout Australia, including the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

VENUE: Evert Ploeg Studio – 39 Campbell Ave., Dee Why NSW 2099.

COST: $330 – Bookings essential. Discounts for 2 or more classes

ENQUIRIES: Ivana Daniele on 0415 601 542 (2010 Workshops Dates still to be confirmed.)or email@evertploeg-artist.com


Melbourne22-25 April 2010

“Off The Wall is a national competition where ten artists will be selected from applications by a panel of industry experts, giving emerging artists the chance to exhibit their work to an audience of over 15,000 people at one of Australia’s largest annual art fairs. Applicants for Art Melbourne must be unrepresented in the state of Victoria, and all mediums and age groups are eligible.”

Application Deadline: March 1st. Notification of selection will go out via email by March 20th. Fee: $50 or $35 student concession.

A FREE professional development seminar for artists addressing topics:  How to market art work; How to gain publicity; How to price work; Documentation and record keeping;  Approaching a gallery;  How the industry works; how to survive in the art world.

Where: at Art Melbourne 2010, The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.

When: Friday April 23rd at 11am – 1pm

CONTACT: Cash Brown, Art Fairs Project Manager Single Market Events; 35/94 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst . NSW  2011, Tel: +612 9331 7507

Entry is FREE for anyone wishing to attend, but they MUST RSVP to cashb@singlemarketevents.com.au to secure a place and get a free ticket to the fair.

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