MEDIA RELEASE - Judy Cassab AO CBE
4 November 2015
Today I wish
to acknowledge the long and distinguished contribution of Judy Cassab AO
CBE to Australian artistic life.
was one of Australia’s most accomplished portrait painters. Driven by an
absorbing passion, she was prolific in her practice, and notable for becoming
the first woman to win the Archibald prize in 1960, and again in 1967. She
herself was an Archibald subject this year.
works held in Australia’s major public collecting institutions, including the
National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia,
are testament to the depth of appreciation for her talent.
helped lay the artistic foundations for a chronicle of Australian social life
over many decades through her various portraits of high profile individuals.
She was instrumental in helping to change for the better the broader perception
of women artists. Her work is recognised and highly valued both in Australia
service to the visual arts was formally recognised through her appointment as a
Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969 and as an Officer of the
Order of Australia in 1988. She achieved an outstanding career and will remain
one of the key figures in Australian art history.
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