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Une Femme Amoureuse, Self portrait as Mireille Mathieu, 2022

Yvette Coppersmith

Darling Portrait Prize 2022 Finalist

Cultural influences shape my aesthetic, both remembered and unconscious, and these are revealed through the process of painting. They help me to locate myself, and to connect my internal and external selves. French singer Mireille Mathieu's career began in 1965 and she is still performing today. Her song, Une Femme Amoureuse, was part of the soundtrack of my childhood in the 1980s. This self portrait is a reference to the era in which I grew up, the spirit of the music, and Mathieu's iconic haircut.

People's Choice Award

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

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The People’s Choice Award is generously supported by the Liangis family, with the artist who wins the most votes receiving $10,000.

Voting closes Sunday 25 September 2022. Terms and conditions apply.

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

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Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

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The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

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