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The Archibald Prize
Tarrawarra Museum of Art
14 September - 5 November 2019
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2019
12 - 15 September 2019
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019
Art Gallery of New South Wales
11 May - 8 September 2019
Title: Nakkiah in her dressing room
Medium: oil on linen
Dimensions: 84 x 68.5 cm
Laura Jones’s subject is award-winning writer and actor Nakkiah Lui, whose credits include ABC TV’s Black comedy and the stage plays Black is the new white, Kill the messenger and Blackie Blackie Brown. Lui is a Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman and a young leader in the Australian Aboriginal community.
‘Nakkiah is funny, fiercely smart and one of the most important voices in Australia right now,’ says Jones of her close friend. ‘She posed for me in her dressing room at the Sydney Opera House before going onstage to perform in her play How to rule the world. We were just hanging out and chatting while she was getting ready. Even though it was an informal sitting, there was an underlying concentration for both of us; I was thinking about the painting and she was building up to a powerful performance.’
Born in the Hawkesbury north-west of Sydney, Jones graduated from Sydney University and the University of New South Wales. She has been a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. This is her first time in the Archibald Prize.
The Art of Colour
2 April 2019
By Karlie Verkerk
We talk to eight of our favourite Australian artists to find out how colour influences their work.
LAURA JONES’ WORKS ON PAPER, AN EXPERIMENT IN PRINTMAKING
BY ELISHA KENNEDY
November 15, 2018/ ART
Laura Jones, the Sydney-based artist – best known for her exquisite still life paintings of flowers, will open her new exhibition, Works On Paper, at the Olsen Gallery Annexe this weekend.
An experiment in printmaking, the show features five etchings (each in an edition of 30), five monotypes and a few of Laura’s paintings.For Works On Paper, Laura worked closely with master printer, Diana Davidson – one of the artist’s first printmaking teachers during her studies at the College of Fine Arts. She relished the opportunity to work on etchings once again alongside Diana in her print workshop, Whaling Road Studio. Diana has been working from the North-Sydney based practice with Australian artists since 1978.
“All We Can’t See”, an exhibition illuminating the Nauru Files, The Yellow House, Sydney
2-10 February 2018
By Lucy Feagins, The Design Files
All We Can’t See’ deserves your attention right now, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a group exhibition featuring a truly incredible line-up of leading Australian artists, including Laura Jones, Abdul Abdullah, Paul Davies, Ben Quilty , Luke Scibberas, Aida Tomescu, Joshua Yeldham and many more. But most importantly, this is a show with a powerful message. Each artist’s work is a response to an individual Nauru File, selected from over 2000 documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper in 2016. This important exhibition opens this Friday, February 2nd in Sydney.
In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru between 2013 and 2015.
These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government.
‘All We Can’t See’ Group Exhibition, Yellow House Sydney, 57-59 Macleay Street Potts Point, Sydney https://allwecantsee.com/