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Female Award: A Path of Focus: Portrait of Cate and Bronte Campbell by Tish Linehan

Sylvia Jones Award for Women Artists

A Path of Focus: Portrait of Cate and Bronte Campbell

Tish Linehan

Sitter

Cate and Bronte Campbell

Medium

Ink and Acrylic on Paper

Dimensions

100 x 64 cm

Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists

About the artwork and sitter

Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell have travelled the path of competitive swimming together, sharing the spirit of determination, courage and focus along an immeasurably challenging road.

Born in Malawi, Cate and Bronte moved with their family to Australia in 2001, joining the Indooroopilly Swimming Club soon afterwards. They attended Kenmore State High school and live in Brisbane. Bronte and Cate have represented Australia in three and four Olympic Games respectively. Alongside a passion for swimming, Bronte has studied Public Relations at QUT, while Cate studied Mass Communication.

“This portrait reflects the strength, wisdom and focus of the Campbells”

About the artist

Tish Linehan is a Brisbane based artist and art teacher. She works in ink on paper, ceramic sculpture and mixed media. Her work is predominantly figurative with a focus on human experience. Born in the United Kingdom, she grew up in Yass and Canberra and moved to Brisbane in 2006.

Judge's Notes

Tish Linehan’s double portrait in ink and acrylic on paper of champion swimmers Cate and Bronte Campbell exudes physical strength and mental determination. The lightness of the palette highlights the physical tonality, youthful athleticism, and sporting prowess of the sister duo.

Their gaze in unison is compelling and powerful. Their successful careers are reflected upon and celebrated alongside their shared focus and spirit as the work captures an important moment in time for these highly regarded sports women.

Karen Quinlan
Director, National Portrait Gallery Australia
2021 Judge

“Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell have travelled the path of competitive swimming together, sharing the spirit of determination, courage and focus along an immeasurably challenging road.”

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