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22nd August, 2018


Portrait Exhibition Official Opening

Featuring the 2018 Nada Hunter Portraiture Award 

Saturday 18 August - Tuesday 28 August 2018

Gallery: Frater, Hammond and McCubbin


Last night the Victorian Artists' Society officially opened the Annual Portrait Exhibition featuring the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award celebrating portraiture in all genres.  The Portrait Exhibition displayed an inspiring array of talent by some of Victoria's emerging and established artists skilfully capturing the human spirit.   

The winner of the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award for 2018 was Julian Bruere for his work titled Willander's Dad.

Winning Artist Julian Bruere with his artwork titled Willander's Dad - watercolour
2018 Winner of the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award


2018 Winner of the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award

Julian Bruere Artist Statement

"During the last year I have been exploring the effects of textural additions like the breadcrumbs, scoring, splatter, and the more liberal use of gouache into my paintings.  With a drawing basis these techniques have made my paintings personally more interesting and continually find their way into my marine, snowgum and portraiture painting."

Victorian Artists' Society 2018 Portrait Exhibition Award Winners

Victorian Artists' Society 2018 Portrait Exhibition Award Winners
Left: Sidney Huang - Highly Commended Award; Allan Innocent - Highly Commended Award; Julian Bruere - 2018 Winner of the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award; Barbara McManus - Highly Commended Award; Peter Roccella - Highly Commended Award and Nicolas Chen - Highly Commended Award.


The Victorian Artists' Society also presented Highly Commended Awards for the 2018 Portrait Exhibition.

Highly Commended Awards were presented to Barbara McManus, Allan Innocent, Peter Roccella, Nicolas Chen, Lee Machelak and Sidney Huang. 

Highly Commended Artists Works in the 2018 Nada Hunter Portraiture Award

Barbara McManus - In Costume - pastel


Allan Innocent - Innocent 11 - oil


Peter Roccella - Bronwyn - oil


Nicolas Chen - Portrait of the Artist's Mother - oil



Lee Machelak - Tim - oil


Sidney Huang - Sitting Lady - watercolour


Victorian Artists' Society Reminder Special Event

Portrait Artists In Action!

11.00am - 4.00pm Sunday 26 August 2018 


Twenty two artists and their costumed models will take centre stage in the upstairs galleries on Sunday. The portrait artists will work in a variety of mediums including pencil, pastel, watercolour, oil and sculpture.

Visitors will be able to sit in the viewing areas during the creative sessions and watch as the portraits evolve from the canvas and chat with the artists and models about the artworks during the breaks.