International award winning artist Evert Ploeg (pronounced Ay-vert Plough), is one of Australia’s most highly regarded portrait artists. He has painted portraits of such eclectic luminaries as musical legend Kamahl, pop star Ben Lee, international film actor Richard Roxburgh and the esteemed Dr Paul Scully Power – Australia’s first astronaut in space.

(b.1963) Evert’s Dutch heritage has played a significant role in his artistic pursuit; today his representational style fused with a fresh and contemporary attitude has seen him secure portrait commissions from clients diverse as Hollywood celebrities to commercial and corporate institutions. His work is represented in The University of Melbourne, the private collection of The ABC, the Australian War Memorial and the permanent collection of The Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Internationally recognized, Evert was awarded ‘Best of Show’ at The Portrait Society of America’s 2011 International Portrait Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by a Certificate of Excellence in 2012, in Philadelphia.  In 2005, he was an Exceptional Merit Award Winner in the same competition. The PSoA has awarded Evert two Honourable Mentions in their Members Only showcase, 2010 & 2012 with a 2nd place in 2014. He also participated in the Macquarie Bank sponsored ‘Portrait Artists Australia’ exhibition held in the Australian Embassy, in Washington DC in 2005 and repeated again in a new exhibit in 2014.

Long-listed in the Premier BP Portrait Award in London in 2015 and 2016, Evert was also selected as one of 10 artists world wide to compete in a Alla Prima Portrait Competition at the Grand Central Academy in New York in October 2015. The works produced at the Academy were exhibited in a month long show at Eleventh St Arts, Long Island NYC.

Over the last 5 years, Evert has been involved with BighArt an Australian arts and social-justice company focusing on large scale, long term community development projects: in September 2010 he joined the cast of BighART and Company B highly acclaimed production ‘NAMATJIRA’ at the Belvoir Theatre, painting portrait’s of lead actor Trevor Jamieson live on stage, retelling the story of Australia’s most famous indigenous artist. That association has continued, to include a regional tour of Namatjira in 2011 & 2012 and also participating in Creative Developments in the Pilbara communities of Western Australia. He’s latest involvement is with BighArt’s seafaring project ‘Blue Angel’, which at the end of 2014 Evert was privileged to have spent a 7 Day residency onboard the oil tanker British Loyalty painting crew members whilst cruising from Sydney to Brisbane. A number of those works were seen in the 2015 Tasmanian International arts festival at a site-specific theatre production in Hobart’s Astor Hotel.

Nationally, his work has been seen in Australia’s prestigious and often controversial Archibald Portrait Prize held at The Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1997 his profile was immediately elevated when he submitted a portrait of ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’. Evert has twice won the coveted Archibald People’s Choice Award in 1999 (Deborah Mailman) and 2007 (George Ellis) and it’s Packing Room Prize in 2004 (Jana Wendt). Evert has been selected to the Salon des Refuses – SH Ervin Gallery on three occasions with a People’s Choice win there in 2000. In June 2005 he won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize. He has been a multiple finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Black Swan Portrait Prize in WA and the Mortimore Prize.  Winner of the 2016 Hunters Hill Art Prize and represented in The once only, AGNSW Sporting Portrait Prize in 2000,  with a portrait of Paralympian Louise Sauvage.

Included in the inaugural NSW edition of ‘Who’s Who’ publication, Evert was also commissioned to illustrate the republications of the Australian classic stories “We of the Never, Never”, and “Clancy of the Overflow”, receiving a coveted award from publisher Random House for “Outstanding Cover” at the time. In November 1995 he held his first solo exhibition “The Mask of Myth”.

Evert considers his work to be first and foremost character driven. For him, each new portrait brings another challenge, to produce a work of art that is tailored with the subject’s spirit and individuality. With a direct and sculptural approach, he explores more than just a mere likeness or pictorial representation; he strives to show a truth of character, personality and emotion. In Evert’s earlier work, alternative textures and surfaces were often used to explore the narrative. Now, a more energetic and painterly approach to his work, revisiting passages like a revisiting a conversation, creates a feeling of movement and the sense of a captured moment found somewhere between a still and moving image. The portraits still maintain texture and intuitive expressive marks, but with subtlety and in harmony with a mature application of tones. Evert works from his self designed and built studio, ‘The Barn’  which was featured on the Nine Network ‘Our House’ programme. He resides on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with his partner Ivana and their two beautiful daughters Paloma and Aurora.

 

Awards & Credits

2016
  • Long-listed: BP Portrait Award, London
  • Winner : Hunters Hill Art Prize
2015
  • Long-listed: BP Portrait Award, London
  • Finalist : Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2014
  • Finalist: Shirley Hannan Bi-Annual National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
  • Finalist: Archibald Portrait Prize AGNSW
  • Finalist: Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
  • Finalist: City of Perth Black Swan Portrait Prize, WA
  • 2nd Place: Portrait Society of America Memebrs Only Competition – Non Commissioned
2013
  • Honourable Merit: For Recognition of Portfolio submission for New York Players Club commission.
    Selected and Presented by Players Club Art Chair, Everett Raymond Kinstler – Portrait Society of America, Atlanta
  • Finalist:  City of Perth Black Swan Portrait Prize, WA .
2012
  • Honourable Mention: Members Competition, non-commissioned category – Portrait Society of America
  • Certificate of Excellence: Portrait Society of America’s International Competition – Philadelphia
  • Finalist: Shirley Hannan Bi-Annual National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery .
2011
  • Winner: Best of Show, Portrait Society of America’s International competition – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Highly Commended: Mortimore Prize, ‘Small’ category
  • Finalist:  City of Perth Black Swan Portrait Prize, WA.
2010
  • Honourable Mention: Members Competition, oil category – Portrait Society of America
  • Finalist: Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
  • Finalist: Kilgour Art Prize for Figurative Painting – Newcastle Regional Gallery
  • Winner: Ex Arte Equinus IV, International Equine Art – First Place, Painting
2009
  • Highly Commended : City of Perth Black Swan Portrait Prize, WA
  • Finalist : Mortimore Art Prize. .
2008
  • Finalist : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery.
  • Finalist : Mission to Seafarers ANL Maritime Art Award – Melbourne.
  • Commended : Berkelouw Self Portrait Prize – Bowral & District Art Society Inc. .
2007
  • Winner : People’s Choice Award Archibald Prize – AGNSW in Sydney & Myer Mural Hall, Melbourne .
2006
  • Finalist : Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – State Library NSW
  • Finalist : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery .
2005
  • Winner : Exceptional Merit Award Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition – Washington DC
  • Winner : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
  • Commended : at the Inaugural Berkelouw Portrait Prize – Bowral Art Gallery NSW .
2004
  • Winner : Packing Room Prize / Archibald Prize- Art Gallery NSW
  • Highly Commended : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize – Bega Valley Regional Gallery .
2003
  • Winner : People’s Choice: Portrait Artists Australia inaugural Exhibition – Arthouse Hotel – Sydney
  • Honourable Mention : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize – Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2000
  • Winner : Holding Redlich Peoples Choice Award ‘Salon Des Refuse’ – S.H Ervin Gallery
  • Finalist : AGNSW Sporting Portrait Prize of Australia
  • Finalist : Doug Moran National Portrait Prize- State Library NSW
1999
  • Winner : People’s Choice Archibald Prize – AGNSW in Sydney & Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
  • Winner : 2BL Radio Listener’s Choice Award
  • Winner : 2CR ABC Radio Listener’s Choice Award
  • Winner : Outstanding Cover Award Random House Publishing

 

Collections

  • National Portrait Gallery of Australia – 3 works
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • CERA-Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
  • University of Melbourne
  • Australian War Memorial
  • St John Ambulance- Canberra -2 works
  • Camberwell Grammar School –Victoria
  • Lauriston Girls School – Victoria
  • Melbourne Cricket Club  MCC
  • Queens College – Melbourne – 2 works
  • Private Collections Aust, UK, Netherlands, Italy, USA and Sweden

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Group Shows

2015
  • Imago Mundini – global art project initiated by Luciano Benetton
  • Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – Juniper Hall, Sydney
  • Eleventh St Arts, Grand Central Atelier, New York USA – 23 Oct – 20 Nov
  • Saltwater – Manly Art Gallery & Museum – 30 Oct – 29 Nov
2014
  • Australian Embassy Washington DC – 2nd Exhibition Portrait Artists Australia 19 May – 30 August
  • Archibald Prize Exhibition Art Gallery of New South Wales – including regional galleries: Mornington Peninsula, Gosford, Maitland,
    Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Broken Hill, Griffith
  • Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – Juniper Hall
  • Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega NSW
  • Black Swan Portrait Prize – Perth Western Australia
2013
  • Keeping Company – Manly Regional Art Gallery and Museum 8 Nov- 1 Dec
  • Multicultural Australia NSW Parliament House, Portrait Artists Australia 2 July – 1 Aug
  • 6 x 9″ Limited Size Panel (Mystery Art Sale Donation) – Portrait Society of America
  • Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Space, Alice Springs – 22nd March – 22 July , BighART portrait panels
  • Black Swan Portrait Prize – Perth Western Australia
2012
  • Adelaide Festival – Artspace Gallery – Namatjira Portraits combined with Ngurratjuta Many Hands watercolours – 14 April – 27 May
  • Adelaide State Gallery and Museum – Exhibition continues of the Namatjira portraits that were painted in conjunction with the theatre performance
  • Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega NSW
2011
  • 6 x 9″ Limited Size Panel (Mystery Art Sale Donation) – Portrait Society of America, Atlanta, April 28 – May1
  • Fundraiser Donation Art57 – Manly Selective Campus
  • Inglis Equine Art Prize -  Sydney Inglis Sales Complex Aug 12-14, Melbourne Oaklands Aug 18-19, Scone Aug 26-28
  • Mortimore Art Prize – Dubbo Sept 25- Oct 16
    then onto Scots College, Orange, Mudgee, Byron Bay, Canberra, Murwillumbah and Bendigo
  • The 30 Realists Exhibition – For ongoing dates see ‘Australian Art Sales.com’
  • All the Worlds’s a Stage – Portrait Artists Australia – @ Victorian Art Society Nov 2 Nov – 21
  • Black Swan Portrait Prize – Perth Western Australia
2010
  • Face –Off – Portrait Artists Australia – MLC Gallery, Sydney March 8 –20
  • 6 x 9″ Panel – Portrait Society of America, Washington DC, April 22 – 25
  • Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega NSW
  • Arthouse Hotel, Sydney – ‘The Artist Muse’, Oct 18 – Nov 14
  • Bi-annual Kilgour Figurative Painting Prize – Newcastle Regional Gallery, 6 Nov- 16 Jan
2009
  • Black Swan Portrait Prize – Perth Western Australia –Town Hall Sept 25 – Oct 5
  • Manly Art Gallery & Museum – ‘In Paradise: Artists of the Northern Beaches’ Sept 11 – Nov 8
  • Mortimore Art Prize – Dubbo Sept 27 – Oct 18 , Scots College Oct 23- 25, St George Bank, Dubbo Oct 26-Nov 20
    KIKU Art Gallery, Bungendore ACT Nov 26 – Dec 21
2008
  • Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega NSW
  • Arthouse Hotel, Sydney Oct -‘The Art of Healing’ PAA Exhibition
  • Mission to Seafarers ANL Maritime Art Award – Docklands – Melbourne
  • Berkelouw Self Portrait Prize – Bowral & District Art Society Inc – Sept 19 – 28
  • DeHavilland Gallery – ‘New works & Collectors’ Wollongong – June 3 –29
2007
  • Archibald Prize Exhibition – Art Gallery of New South Wales
    Tours regional galleries inc Myer Mural Hall Melbourne
  • Solo show ‘ Intimate Studies – Texture and Form’
    @ the Catalina Gallery, Avalon – Sydney Sept 14 – 30
2006
  • Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – State Library NSW
  • Mortimer Lexus Portrait Prize – Dubbo NSW Nov 1 – 30
  • Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega NSW
  • Mosman Art prize – July 29 – Sept 3 Mosman Art Gallery
    Judged by Antonia Syme former Director of Artbank.
2005
  • Arthouse Hotel, Sydney – September 19 – Oct 16 -‘Fur and Feathers’
  • The Macquarie Bank International Portrait Artists Australia
    @ The Australian Embassy in Washington DC, USA April 22 – May 27
  • Berkelouw Portrait Prize – Bowral Regional Gallery
2004
  • Arthouse Hotel, Sydney – September 13 – October 9 ‘Courtroom and Street Antics’
  • Archibald Prize Exhibition – Art Gallery of New South Wales
    Tours regional galleries NSW and Victorian Arts Centre
  • Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega NSW
2003
  • Made for Australia Gallery – ‘Unhung Heroes’- Canberra June 22 – July 10
  • Arthouse Hotel, Sydney – Portrait Artists Australia – Feb 3 – 21
  • Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega NSW
2002
  • Warringah Art Exhibition
2000
  • Salon Des Refuse – S.H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill – Sydney
  • Sporting Portrait Prize AGNSW
  • Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – State Library NSW
1999
  • Archibald Prize Exhibition–Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Tours regional galleries NSW and Victorian Arts Centre
1998
  • Salon Des Refuse – S.H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill – Sydney
1997
  • Salon Des Refuse – S.H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill – Sydney
  • Controversy and media attention surrounding subject and eligibility of the Bananas in Pyjamas portrait for the
  • AGNSW Archibald Prize – Includes appearance/interview on Channel 9 Network morning Programme ‘Today Show’
1995
  • ‘Mask of Myth’ 1st Solo Exhibition showcasing 15 oil paintings – Sydney November 10 – 24- Annandale
  • Interpretations of Greek Mythology

 

Special Events

2015
  • Blue Angel World Premier interactive theatre in the Astor Hotel, Hobart – Tasmaian International Arts Festival 24 -29 March
  • Selected as one of 10 artists world wide to compete in an Alla Prima Portrait Competition for 3 days @ Grand Central Atelier, Long Island, New York USA
2014
  • Portrait  painting for BighART’s ‘Blue Angel Project’ at Australia’s inaugural National shipping and domestic commercial vessel Conference ‘Maritime- Ship to Shore’ @ Crown Melbourne, Southbank
  • 7 day Artist in Residence on board the oil tanker ‘British Loyalty’ – from Sydney to Brisbane
2013
  • An Evening with Mark Twain – Elm Street Theatre, Woodstock Atlanta, Georgia USA with Kurt Sutton as Mark Twain
  • Distinguished Faculty Member PSoA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA
2012
  • Namatjira Theatre Production Season 3 / 15 wk tour: Parramatta, Tamworth, Orange, Bathurst, Newcastle, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Aulbury-Wodonga, (Hermannsburg), Townsville, MacKay, Rockhampton.
  • Special Commission – Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors AIQS – Infinite Value Awards – designed Cold Cast Bronze
2011
  • Namatjira Theatre Production: Woollongong Performing Arts Sept 21-24 , Lismore NORPA Sept 29 – Oct1
  • Pilbara Project / Big hART – Roebourne WA -27 June – 1 July
2010
  • 1 week Master Portraiture workshop, Canberra Art Society – Jan 11-15
  • 2 X Weekend Portrait Workshop – Cominos House – Cairns – Far Nth Queensland March 27-28 & May 15-16
  • Belvoir St Theatre, Big hArt production of ‘Namatjira’ – Sydney Sept 25 – Nov 7
2009
  • 3 Day Portraiture Workshop @ Kiama Art Society, Coach House NSW July 25-27
  • Guest Lecturer –Presentation and discussion – Drummoyne Art Society
2008
  • Included in the inaugural publication NSW State edition ‘Who’s Who’.
  • Guest Lecturer –Presentation and discussion – Royal Art Society of NSW – June 29
  • Portraiture Workshop @ North Sydney Community Centre – May 7 to June 25 & July 30 to Sept 17
  • One day Portraiture Workshop @ Royal Art Society NSW Nov 9 and Dec 14
2007
  • Portfolio Critiques volunteer ‘The Art of the Portrait’ conference Washington DC
  • Art After Hours – Artist discussion with Jonathon Biggins AGNSW
  • Guest Speaker – St George Banking Corporation – literary luncheon
  • Invited Speaker – Godfrey and Pembroke @ National Australia Bank, Sydney
  • Interview – Radio Northern Beaches 88.7 & 90.3 FM – Glenn Fisher
  • Guest Lecturer – Bega Regional Gallery, Bega NSW.
  • Unveiling Portrait of Chancellor for St John Ambulance
    @ Government House – Yarralumla, Canberra by His Excellency CC. Michael Jeffery
2006
  • Charity Event _ Chairs for Charity – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne –artwork of Harry Kewell
  • Charity Event – Jeans for Genes Auction – Wentworth Hotel, Sydney- artwork of Greg Norman
  • Guest Lecturer –Presentation and discussion ‘Portraiture’ – Brookvale TAFE
2005
  • Attend Portrait Society of America Conference- Washington DC. USA
  • Charity Event – Jeans for Genes Auction – Town Hall Sydney- artwork of David Carradine
  • Charity Event – Speaker and Guest of Honour St Paul’s Gala Dinner, Manly Golf Club NSW
2004
  • Attend Portrait Society of America Conference in Boston USA- Subject for artist David Leffel portrait demonstration
  • Museum travel New York NY USA
  • Invited Guest Judge – Warringah Art Prize – July
  • Charity Event – Jeans for Genes Auction– Darling Harbour Conference centre –artwork of Burt Bacharach
2003
  • Charity Event – Art Auction Dream Ball Cancer Foundation
2002
  • Travel Extensively throughout UK, Europe inc. Netherlands and Italy
  • Invited Guest Judge – The Annual Hills Grammar School art award
2001
  • Feature on Channel 9 Network ‘Our House’ programme showcasing design of studio- ‘The Barn’
  • and featuring earlier works with selected portraits
1999
  • Guest Lecturer Newcastle Regional Gallery – September 15
1996
  • Published illustrations ‘Cairo Jim Bumper book’ author Geoffrey McSkimming – Hodder Headline, including a further six cover jackets for the childrens favourite adventure series Cairo Jim.
1995
  • Sculpture Short Course – Modern techniques with George Hangay- (Tramshed- Narrabeen Sydney)
1991
  • Travel throughout Asia and Europe, with museum studies in Netherlands, Turkey and France.
1990
  • Published illustrations ‘Hell West and Crooked’ author Tom Cole – Angus & Robertson
1989
  • Published illustrations ‘Clancy of the Overflow’ author A.B ‘Banjo’ Patterson – Angus & Robertson
1987
  • Published illustrations ‘We of the Never never’ – Angus & Robertson
1984-97
  • Graduated Design College (East Sydney) and pursued early work as a fashion Illustrator. Artwork was constantly
  • featured in editorial and advertising spreads in fashion magazines of the day.
  • As a freelance artist/illustrator, work was embraced by prestigious department stores, international cosmetic
  • companies, leading advertising agencies and major publishing houses.

Youth

  • At 12yrs of age received private tutelage from ‘Julian Ashton Fine Art School’ graduate.

Tutoring

  • Periods of part-time teaching including TAFE, Whitehouse School of Design and Northbridge School Visual Arts
    and continuing private students.

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