News Highlights :

2008 to Archive Past

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Thursday, 4th December 2008

Opening National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Last night, Evert and his partner Ivana were invited by Gallery Director Andrew Sayers to attend the official opening of the new National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. A magnificent new space with a wonderful sense of openness and a design that integrates thoughtfully in the landscape. In introducing the building at the launch, out-going Chair Marilyn Darling concluded ‘The dream is now a reality”. Both Marilyn and Gordon Darling will forever in the public mind be associated with their idea and vision for a National Portrait Gallery.

Opened by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who in his speech said, “Portraiture, as the word suggests, is about portrayal. The capturing in a picture, a photograph, a sculpture, or video of something more than a person’s physical likeness – more than just a face. It reveals something of the psychology of the person. It reveals something of their spirit”.

Evert is very proud to have two major pieces acquired by the Gallery: a portrait of Deborah Mailman and a portrait of Dr Paul Scully-Power.

Published 2008

Inclusion in ‘Who’s Who of New South Wales’

Millions of people from hundreds of nations live and work together, making the State of NSW one of the most cosmopolitan that you will find anywhere in the world. It is from this diverse group that Evert and 6000 other people who have made a significant contribution were selected for inclusion in the inaugural edition of ‘Who’s who in New South Wales’.

Friday, 17th October 2008

Finalist: ANL Maritime Prize

Opening night at Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne. This ANL sponsored award offers a $15,000 first prize to the winning artist. The theme “The Relationship Between Humanity and the Sea” is represented in both traditional and contemporary works coming together to present an exhibition that is truly unique. Evert’s piece titled ‘Europa II’ was originally part of his first solo show in 1994 ‘Mask of Myth’. The painting was reworked and resized but kept the integrity of the original.

The work is based on one of Greek mythology’s most intriguing tales. Zeus abducts the daughter of the King of Phoenicia, ruler of the greatest seafaring civilization of Ancient times, – in the guise of a majestic bull. He carries the beautiful virgin across the deep waters of the Mediterranean to distant shores, thereafter giving rise to the continent of Europe. This story personifies that our humanity has been shaped by our passages over the seas.

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Thursday, 18th September 2008

Self Portrait Finalist in Berklouw Prize

Held in Bowral NSW, this work titled ‘Self Portrait with Paloma’ was completed in December 2005 when Evert’s first daughter was about 7 months old and not yet walking. He wanted to portray a honest realistic depiction of himself as a new father, not only as a remembrance for Paloma, but to capture that very fleeting moment in Paloma’s childhood and in particular the way she held her arms like a ‘dove’.

The Judges Comments were: “A strong painting. An intimate study of the artist as father. Good tone and colour. A very successful work”.


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Completed 2008

Dexter Dunphy – MSSociety of Queensland

Evert was approached by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland to be part of a special lottery draw where the winner would receive a painted portrait of whom they chose. The project was developed by Jason Russo of MSS and came as a direct result of Evert’s recent Archibald Peoples Choice win.

Byron Rigby who selflessly chose to have his close friend Dexter Dunphy painted won the prize. What resulted was a great friendship and bond between Dexter and Evert and their similar interests in regard to the environment. Dexter is a world authority on corporate sustainability, organisational change and social responsibility. With a PhD from Harvard and a distinguished career as a Professor at the University of NSW and UTS, his research has seen him write over 60 articles and some 15 books.

Dexter is deeply attached to the natural world and the Dunphy family have a long history in conservation, his brother Milo and in particular his father Myles whom many say was the ‘father of the Australian Wilderness Movement”

Monday, 12 November 2007

Australian War Memorial, Canberra – Receives donation

Evert’s portrait of Elizabeth Lucas has been donated and accepted by the War Memorial in Canberra, A very generous gift by her son Andrew, Elizabeth was a pioneer for women in the military and was one of the Nations highest ranking female army officers in World War II. As Major Rattan she took over as AWAS controller and became it’s longest serving member 1941-47.Along with the portrait a number of personal artefacts were also contributed to the donation, making a complete story of her significant role in our war history.

Thursday, 21st June 2007

St John Ambulance unveiling
Government House, Yarralumla

Out going Chancellor, Prof Villas Marshall had his portrait unveiled at a lavish farewell dinner with 46 distinguished guests this evening at Government House. Evert and partner Ivana were joined with the Governor General, his Excellency Michael Jeffery in giving thanks to Villas for his tireless role at St John Ambulance. An extended thank you must be given to Len Fiori, St Johns Managing director.




Tuesday, 1st May 2007

Media announcement – People’s Choice Winner

10am – AGNSW Director Edmond Capon, announced to the media that Evert’s portrait of ‘George Ellis’ has won the People’s Choice at this years Archibald Prize. Evert’s last win was in 2004 with a portrait of Jana Wendt winning the Packing Room Prize.




Wednesday, 9th May 2007

Represented by Portraits Inc, New York

In New York this week, Evert met with Gallery director Marian MacKinney who welcomed him and his work with “you’re now part of the family” this really is a terrific accolade, joining Portraits Inc and a positive direction on an international level.

Footnote: Marian unexpectantly passed away in August 2007. Portraits Inc in business since 1942 has now been acquired by Portrait Brokers of America and will join to form one company. We are pleased to say that the tradition of fine art portraiture shall continue.

Thursday, 10th August 2006

2nd work purchased by National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra has purchased Evert’s portrait of Australia’s first astronaut in space, Dr Paul Scully-Power. This is the second major work acquired by the gallery, the first being the very popular portrait of Deborah Mailman in 2000. In composing the work Evert drew upon references of painted portraits of the early explorers like Capt. James Cook and purposely posed Dr Scully-Power looking towards the skies, evoking the feeling of his journey into space. The scroll shown in the work is of a ‘spiral eddie’- which Scully-Power discovered to exist in the oceans when he was in orbit. The narratives in the work include the flight suits’ unique badges, which are specific to each mission, (in particular the ‘Nereus’ badge as it shows Neptune – God of the Ocean; this was the only one of its kind and was designed solely for Scully-Power). There are other personal details such as his cufflinks, (Livery of London); his AO pin awarded in 2004, his trademark beard (the first person allowed space flight with one) and his cherished companion…his beloved pipe.

Scully-Power was given the opportunity to fly on the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1984. Click HERE to see the image.

Thursday, 20th July 2006

Jeans 4 Genes – Charity Event

Wentworth Hotel Sydney: Jeans for Genes Art Auction see’s celebrities donate their personally signed jeans, which are transformed into unique and valuable pieces of art. This year Evert chose Greg Norman’s Jeans – turning the jeans into the golfers bag. The event is a major fundraiser for the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI). Previous years Evert has manipulated the jeans of David Carradine into costume and Burt Bacharach into a grand piano, all for a very worthwhile cause, with a bit of fun thrown in. Of the three years Evert has been involved, his work collectively has raised over $24,000 for CMRI.

Tuesday, 14th March 2006

Finalist – Doug Moran $100, 000 Portrait Prize

A portrait of Gerry Nucifora has been selected as a finalist in this years most valuable Portrait Prize, The Doug Moran. Gerry is depicted in the portrait wearing just his bathers and Sicilian pendant. This true character piece really showcases Gerry’s Italian heritage with his gregarious and infectious nature. Evert previously selected work was of actor Richard Roxbourgh in 2000. The Doug Moran tours nationally for one year – entries can be seen in the State Library, NSW. Click Here to see the image.

Saturday, 11th June 2005

Winner – Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize

Evert’s portrait of Mariella Everett #2 has won another major prize, the Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize in Bega, NSW. This competition encourages the tradition of realist representational portraiture and is becoming nationally recognised as the pre-eminent showcase for portraiture in this country. Shirley a true patron of the arts is to be applauded for her vision and tenacity.

Footnote: Shirley sadly passed away late in 2005. Evert was very touched to be the last recipient to be personally awarded the prize by Shirley. Her passion for portraiture lives on in this now biennial exhibition. Boasting a first prize of $30,000, the exhibition attracts many of Australia’s most significant portrait painters and competition is intense.



May 2005

Australian Embassy, Washington USA

Macquarie Bank has proudly sponsored the Portrait Artists Australia Exhibition in Washington DC. A collection of 30 artists works from Australia are shown in the Embassy from April 22 – May 27. This slice of varying styles and approaches to portraiture opens the Australian artists participating to a wider international audience and introduces those painted subjects who make up the ‘face’ of contemporary Australia.

Evert sent his Archibald Packing Room Prize piece of 2004 ‘Jana Wendt’ to be part of the exhibition.



Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th May 2005

Winner Exceptional Merit Award
Portrait Society of America

At the annual Portrait Society of America conference held this year in Washington DC it was announced that Evert’s portrait of Mariella Everett #2 has won an Exceptional Merit Award.

The Art of the Portrait Conference see’s attendees from around the globe gather for 4 days and experience demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions and share a camaraderie amongst like minded artists. It offers members and others access to the skills and knowledge of leading portrait artists.

A full step by step editorial spread on the Mariella portrait appeared in International Artist magazine #43

To see – visit media pages on this website.

Monday, September 1st 2003

Banner – Old Parliament House

The very popular portrait of Deborah Mailman acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 2000 was reproduced on an oversized banner and displayed on the exterior of the Old Parliament House – current home to the Portrait Gallery. The work continues its appeal on posters and postcards available from the gallery gift shop






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