WASA Notable Artists
West Australian Society of Arts Inc.
Celebrating 126 years
Jenny Davies and Suzanne Lawson
who are now listed as WASA Notable Artists 2022.
JENNY DAVIES – LESTER PORTRAIT PRIZE - 2021 FINALIST
“I am honoured and thrilled to be a finalist in this year’s Lester Portrait Prize. I have been optimistically entering since 2015.
I have been lucky this year. My painting is topical, and I hope captures the human side of our Premier. The idea for this portrait took root a few months ago as I was introduced to #statedaddy by my teens Isaac and Annabella. I was so amused and intrigued with the rock star status of our Premier that I couldn’t let the thought go.
It took a lot of planning, and I am very grateful that the Premier and his team agreed meet with me. My husband Robert took the photographs and has been an incredible support throughout my whole painting journey. He has consoled me each year when I didn’t make the finals.”
SUZANNE LAWSON – DOUG MORAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2021 SEMI FINALIST
‘Rachel in the Blue Light’ was created from a series of cinematically inspired images of Rachel (photographed by Henry Whitehead) at the Red Castle Motel when it was not yet demolished (about 8-9 years ago).
She is bathed is fluorescent blue light, reflecting back into her skin and with her electric blue eye shadow and dark background it evokes, to me, a sense of drama which I really enjoyed painting.
I was thrilled and humbled to be chosen as one of the semi-finalists in the 2021 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize among some amazing names in Australian art.
*#Bernard Woodward 1847-1916 First Director WA Museum and Art Gallery
*Henry Charles Prinsep 1844-1922
*#Herbert William Gibbs 1852-1940,
*#May Gibbs 1877-1969
*#Frederick Mathews Williams 1855-1929 President 1898-1903
*George Temple Poole
*#George Pitt-Morrison 1861-1946 President 1906
Curator of the Art gallery 1928-1942 His painting ‘Springtime’ was the first acquired by the Art Gallery.
Arthur Wakefield Bassett 1869-1948
J. W. R.Linton 1869-1947 ‘Patriarch of Western Australian Art’ President 1924 & 1926
*Margaret Hamersley Lady Margaret Forrest 1844-1929 Vice-President
Girolamo Nerli 1860-1926
Duncan McGregor Whyte 1865-1953 President 1920-1921
#Arthur and #Emma Boyd
Walter Paterson Meston 1870-1936 President 1925 & 1927
Kathleen O’Connor 1876-1968
Frank Ernest Allum 1863-1930 President 1908-1909
Florence Fuller 1867-1946
Daisy Rossi 1879-1974
Flora Landells 1888-1981
James Goatcher 1879-1967
Adolphe Augustus Plate 1874-1914
Amy Heap 1874-1956
Margaret Saunders (Established the ‘The WA Womens’ Society of Fine Arts and Crafts.’)
Lionel Jago 1882-1953
John Barker 1867-1943 President 1930
Miquel MacKinlay (McKinlay) 1893-1959
Margaret Johnson 1898-1967
Florence Venables Hall 1897-1987
Portia Bennett 1897-1989
Edith Trethowan 1901-1939
Allon Cook 1907- 1971
Harald Vike 1906-1987
Frank Edward ‘Effie’ Mills 1901-1957
Ernest Sidney Philpot 1906-1985
Herbert McClintock (aka Max Ebert) 1906-1985
Ivor Hunt 1903-1971
Iris Francis 1913-2004
* Founder members of WASA
#Exhibitor at the inaugural exhibition 1896/97
‘A Survey of Western Australian Art from 1696’ Arthur Spartalis 2008
‘Western Australian Art a selection of early works from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection’.
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