Brendon Darby, Bardi Woman (2009)
oil on board; 60 x 160cm

Brendon Darby, Bardi Woman (2009)
60 x 160; oil on Board

WA Portrait Artists

Group Show

Formed in 2012, WA Portrait Artists is an association of artists who include portraiture as part of their practice. Hosting a bi-annual group exhibition, the group promotes the work by showcasing the diversity and breadth of this particular discipline. The group only includes Western Australian based professional portraitists who have been selected as finalists in major portraiture awards such as the Black Swan Portrait Prize, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize or The Archibald.

Roderick Anderson
Roderick Anderson is a largely self taught artist based in Perth, Western Australia. 
He graduated from the University of Western Australia majoring in Classics. 
He has painted in Perth since the mid 1960s and exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and been a winner of the Joondalup Art Prize. He also studied Fine Arts at WAIT and attended drawing courses at Canberra, Claremont, and Perth Technical Colleges.  
He participated in a portrait painting workshop at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, Canada in 2016. He works mainly in oil paints, in a non-abstract and vaguely traditional manner. 

Jill Ansell
Jill Ansell has been a finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Award and a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. She is the recipient of a number of Art Awards including the Victoria Park Art Award, York Art Award, the BankWest Open Art Award, the Town of Cambridge Art Award, and the Town of Vincent Art Award. Most recently she won the major prize at the 2019 York Art Award. Her work is held in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally.

Peter Barker
Peter Barker is a Perth based artist who studied the techniques of classical realism in Florence (Italy). He continued his studies as an assistant to the master Norwegian figurative painter Odd Nerdrum. Peter Barker’s work can be found in the Kerry Stokes collection as well as many private collections around the world. He has exhibited extensively and been a finalist in numerous prestigious awards such as the Perth Black Swan ( now Lester Award) , The Kilgour Art Award  and The A.M.E. Bale travelling scholarship. Peter also runs and directs the Perth Art Academy where he teaches and passes on traditional painting techniques.

Michelle Campbell
I studied fine art for a year before switching to psychology and later heritage. I have always painted. I am currently focused on portraits and urban landscapes. In 2015 I won City of Belmont acquisitive art award, was a 2016 Black Swan Portrait finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize semi-finalist in 2017, Portia Geach Portrait award, Minnawarra art award and Joondalup invitation art award finalist in 2019. My paintings are represented in the collections of City of Belmont and Armadale.

Brendon Darby
Brendon Darby is an artist and musician based in Perth, Western Australia. He has had over 40 solo exhibitions across Australia and around the world. Brendon is an accomplished musician, performing professionally for many years and is also a published composer. In what is arguably his most important collection to date, Brendon combined his two disciplines creating "Listening to Paintings - Australia". 10 years in creation, this multi media work premiered at New York's Museum of Natural History in January 2007. Brendon has been a finalist in The Archibald Prize, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and The Black Swan for Portraiture. He is primarily known for his landscape paintings. Brendon has spent considerable time living, painting and exhibiting in Europe and the USA. Most recently he spent time painting and exhibiting in Italy.

Brad Durrant
During the early part of Brads scientific career, a strong interest in scientific illustration emerged resulting in a solid set of drawing skills and a keen eye for detail and accuracy. In 2010, Brad moved into portraiture, exploring a number of different approaches and surfaces and winning a number of local art awards. In recent years, Brad has established himself as a regular in the local Perth art scene, with success in local art awards and as a three-time finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.

Daniela Dlugocz 
Born in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2005 Daniela completed a Master of Fine Art at the University of Art in Braunschweig, Germany. 2006 followed a year as “Meisterschueler” under Prof. Stuempel and Prof. John Armleder at the same University. 2007-2008 she received a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholarship to further her artistic career in Australia. 2007 Daniela completed a Master of Visual Arts at ECU. Daniela has won numerous art awards and scholarships. She has been finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture (now Lester Price).

Leon Holmes
“I like to speak with my subjects while I paint them, they do not need to sit dead still, for this is not the nature of us. I am not trying to create a photograph, rather capture the feeling and energy of the person. 
Every face tells a story and will reveal the personality or the way the person is feeling at that time. Capturing this with paint is a very enjoyable experience.“

Caroline Marinovich
She gained a BA(Fine Arts) Honours degree with first for painting and design.
As a continuity girl and film editor she learned to observe peoples actions intently.
Since living in Perth, Caroline enjoys teaching five full adult art classes a week at two different art centres. She experiments with different styles and her favourite themes are rain, people interacting, and portraiture. She considers some of her best achievements to have been winning the Mosman Park Art Awards in 2007 and being a finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Prize in 2008 and in the Salon des Refuse 5 times. Bush Heritage Australia commissioned her to paint the portrait of Michael Tichbon in 2015. She judged the WA Pastel Society annual awards in 2014 and the Chittering Art Society Art Awards in 2017.

Pete Ross
A graduate of  W.A.I.T. (Curtin University) with a BA Design (Graphic).  Pete worked as a Art Director and Graphic Designer before stepping back from full time commercial work in 2016 to pursue personal creative projects which  includes painting. In the same year he was a finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and a semi-finalist at the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
He continues to explore the medium.

Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
A WA-based fine artist an art educator grown up and schooled in the best traditions of Europe. Her realistic portraits, landscapes and fantastic realism works have won prestigious state and national competitions and sell both nationally and abroad. A founding member of the Contemporary Australian Surrealists Movement in WA as well as a member of WA portrait artists.


Brendon Darby, Bardi Woman (2009)
oil on board; 60 x 160cm

Peter Barker, ThoughtsDate (2019)
oil on canvas; 172 x 124cm

Pete Ross, Matilda (2019)
iphone / print 320gsm pearl artboard; 72 x 96cm