Wild one

Annie Davison Oliver Award
  • Artist: Vicki Sullivan
  • Medium: Oil on linen
  • Artwork size unframed (mm): 450 x 350
  • Price: $4,500.00

A Portrait of my cousin Frehza, with a wonderful Afro hairstyle which I lit with a red light to make it glow with halation.

Frehza has a strong confident character and engages the viewer with her direct gaze.

Judge’s Comment:
This painting is technically brilliant, and completely engaging – it completely stopped me in my tracks! The direct gaze of the sitter, staring slightly down at us, in her magnificent headdress. The palette is incredibly alluring, with the red halo effect of her hair, reflecting on to her back. I am also drawn to the combination of tradition and contemporary features, displayed in the feathers and off the shoulder top. This is a powerful painting, which I can only imagine matches the strength of the sitter. Fantastic! A real stand out for me.