‘After Jack’ self portrait by Jenny Sages wins Archibald People’s Choice Prize 2012
Archibald, Wynne, Sulman 2012 Regional Tour Dates
Jenny Sages has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize twenty times and highly commended eight times. Jenny was a finalist in last year’s Archibald Prize with a portrait she painted of her beloved husband Jack in the last year of his life, titled My Jack. Thursday 17 May 2012
Jenny Sages, now based in Sydney, was born in Shanghai of Russian parentage, Sages came to Australia in 1948. She studied at East Sydney Technical College and the Franklin School of Art in New York. After freelancing as an illustrator for 30 years, she has painted full-time since 1985. She has been highly commended in the Archibald Prize eight times, most recently in 2006 for her portrait of artist Hossein Valamanesh. She won the Wynne Prize in 2005 and is represented in this year’s Wynne Prize. She also won the Portia Geach Memorial Award for portraiture in 1992 and 1994. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
‘Jack’s portrait was very personal and meaningful and I was so deeply in my grief that the idea of painting another portrait seemed trivial. A painting for me is a circle not closed until somebody sees the work, carrying their own baggage, thereby sharing my grief. I lost my husband Jack having shared 55 years together – he was my rock. Anything else I would paint for the Archibald seemed trivial to me, hence my self-portrait called after Jack. I am overwhelmed and moved for this recognition.’ – Jenny Sages
Jenny Sages receives $2500 and a $1000 ANZ Visa Debit Card.
Each year a voter for the Archibald painting that receives the most votes is selected to win a prize – this year, $2500 plus a $1000 ANZ Visa Debit Card and one night’s accommodation at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.
This year’s lucky voter is Ms Robyn Killin McAuliffe, from Brisbane.Share