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Layne Beachley

2008
Petrina Hicks

single channel moving image, colour, silent, continuous loop

Layne Beachley AO (b. 1972), former surfer and businessperson, is the world's most successful female professional surfer. Growing up in Manly, she began to focus on surfing at age sixteen. At seventeen she turned professional, and by the time she was twenty she was ranked number six on the world circuit. During the 1990s she persevered through debilitating illness to triumph at the World Championships in 1998. She won the same title for the next five consecutive years, and took a seventh title in 2006, her seventeenth year on the tour. Beachley is now chair of Surfing Australia, and is an ambassador for various charities and causes.

Petrina Hicks was commissioned to create Beachley's portrait for the opening of the National Portrait Gallery's new building in 2008. The shoot took place in Hicks' flat in Bondi, with artist and sitter having only a few hours to build the rapport that Hicks says is essential to an effective portrait. 'It takes some time before people are willing and comfortable to bear themselves like this,' Hicks says. Having never been studied with such scrutiny before, Beachley has said she finds Hicks' portrait 'quite intensely stunning and provoking all at once ... I look so focused and at peace at the same time.'

Commissioned 2008
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Artist and subject

Petrina Hicks (age 36 in 2008)

Layne Beachley AO (age 36 in 2008)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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