Collection manager for National Portrait Gallery Australia Myra Pastuch oversees the hanging of the exhibition in the Grafton Regional Gallery. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Collection manager for National Portrait Gallery Australia Myra Pastuch oversees the hanging of the exhibition in the Grafton Regional Gallery. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Portraits capture variety of experiences

THE best in contemporary Australian portrait photography is now on display at Grafton Regional Gallery.

The 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Australia's major photographic prize for portraits, presents a wide style of photography depicting an equally wide range of people.

Presented by the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition of works by 53 artists - selected from more than 1200 entries - explores all points of the spectrum: old and young; exuberant and contemplative; beautiful and curious; world famous and completely unknown.

The winning work - Janelle Low's portrait of artist Yhonnie Scarce with her ailing 19-year-old pet, Indiana - is a small but powerful picture.

Ms Low knew Yhonnie Scarce through the Dianne Tanzer Gallery.

When Ms Scarce's ailing cat took a turn for the worse, she requested Janelle take a photograph of them together.

Ms Scarce who was born in Woomera, South Australia, belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples and is one of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass.

Her work was featured in the 55th Venice Biennale this year.

Ms Low, a Melbourne- based artist, is currently a graduate in residence at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

This year she was also a finalist in the Head On Festival Portrait Prize at the State Library of NSW and presented an exhibition at the Clement Meadmore Gallery.

The official launch of the exhibition is 5.30pm tonight for a 6pm start.

Admission is free.



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