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Kate (Kate Grenville)

2012
Jenny Sages

encaustic, oil and pigment on composition board (support: 180.0 cm x 190.0 cm)

When Jenny Sages chooses to paint a portrait it is usually for the Archibald Prize and only when a subject is especially interesting to her personally. Her portrait of writer Kate Grenville AO (b. 1950) was her 2014 Archibald entry. 'When I met Jenny Sages,' Grenville says, 'I realised we were on the same wavelength as creators.' She and Sages had a number of sittings in Sydney during which Sages made sketches and took photographs. Seeking an apposite landscape setting, they then travelled to the Hawkesbury River, the location for Grenville’s award-winning novel The Secret River (2005), based on the life of her convict three-times great-grandfather, and its sequel Sarah Thornhill (2011). 'When we found that spot by the river, and the little jetty, we both knew straight away that that was it. I took off my shoes, because I very much wanted to have that feeling of being barefoot on the land … And she drew me, and photographed me, and then went away and produced this wonderful portrait.'

Gift of the artist 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
© Jenny Sages

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Artist and subject

Jenny Sages (age 79 in 2012)

Kate Grenville AO (age 62 in 2012)

Donated by

Jenny Sages (27 portraits)

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