The Portia Geach Memorial Award is an art prize for portraiture by women artists. The Award was established in the the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister Portia Geach.
Exhibition 15 August – 20 September 2020
S.H. Ervin Gallery. Watson Road, Observatory Hill Sydney.
Portrait of Myfanwy Gullifer in Olive Green Coat. 80 x 60cm acrylic on canvas. 2020
Myfanwy Gullifer is a ceramicist and sculptor. Born in Melbourne, she studied drama at VCA before finding her way into art making by a circuitous route. Self-taught, she sees herself as an outsider. Her work documents her life, as a female, mother of two daughters, living for the past few decades with her artist partner Ross Laurie on a farm in Northern NSW.
Weaving through her sculptures and textile wall pieces are existentialist themes questioning and exploring motherhood, domesticity, sexuality and a sense of isolation. Her work resonates with a restless energy, infused with wit, irony, eroticism and pathos, using the feminine form to help her define what it is to be human and female
Over the course of many solo and group exhibitions her tactile sculptures have progressed from brightly coloured porcelain, to raw terracotta, to soft textile wall pieces. As she says ‘I need to make things with my hands, to observe the natural world no matter how small or incidental’
I’ve centred Myfanwy sitting front on with a resolute gaze wearing a favourite olive green velvet coat, showing her as a strong yet self-effacing woman: intelligent, intuitive, imaginative and deeply sensitive.