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Elizabeth, 2019

Anthea da Silva

charcoal and oil on canvas (122.0 cm x 91.5 cm depth 3.8 cm)

Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, PhD has been described as the high priestess of Australian contemporary dance. I‘m inspired by her constant reinvention as dancer, choreographer, actor, director, and environmental activist. Mostly, my artwork spans drawing; painting in oils, acrylic and water-based mediums; and light box installation – and I often incorporate X-rays to reference the luminous and dynamic human body. Charcoal is a product of fire, and, similar to oils, I love how it washes over surfaces, how it blends and erases. Here, Elizabeth is momentarily resting her feet at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre near Bungendore, preparing for her next adventure.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2020
© Anthea da Silva

Accession number: 2020.47

Currently not on display

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Anthea da Silva

Dr Elizabeth C Dalman (age 85 in 2019)

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Activism

Performing arts

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Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

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The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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