This exhibition examines the process of portrait-making by the notable Australian artist Jenny Sages, who is well known for her abstract landscapes, scratched and gouged from encaustic wax and delicately coloured with powdered pigments.
Along with her abstract works, Jenny has also had a long practice in painting portraits and since 1989 she has been an Archibald finalist eighteen times, and has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award for portraiture twice. During the same period she has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize for landscape thirteen times, winning in 2005 with a perspective on the work titled Road to Utopia.
The exhibition Paths to Portraiture includes the artistís large-scale portraits displayed alongside preparatory drawings as well as other artworks, objects and materials that inspired and relate to these portraits. Most works in the exhibition are drawn from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, and have not yet been on display in Sydney. Sitters include four strong women influential in their fields of endeavour: painter Emily Kngwarreye, author Helen Garner, dancer Irina Baronova, and fashion designers Heide Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke.