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Nurture by Bronwyn Hill

Nurture

Bronwyn Hill

Sitter

Self portrait

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

122 x 183 cm

Representation

Lethbridge Gallery, Flinders Lane Gallery

Category

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists

About the artwork and sitter

‘Nurture’ is a self-portrait. The pose and composition mimics that of a maternity shoot, where you would see a mother-to-be cradling her future. Instead of a prospective child we see a small swarm of bees resembling a pregnant belly as they orientate themselves at the figure.

“From a personal perspective, the piece represents a choice to focus on my work; to nurture a career instead of bearing children and on the broader scope, comments on our responsibility to look after our environment and the future of this planet. Bees have an array of symbolic meaning and have been depicted in art throughout history, here they are specifically used to represent work, productivity and the environment.”

About the artist

Bronwyn Hill is a Brisbane based painter whose practice predominantly focuses on portraiture and figurative representation. Recognised for her sensual photo-real oil paintings, full of poetic narratives and gentle observation, her work often explores ideas of self-analysis and introspection within moments of personal solitude.

“The piece represents a choice to focus on my work; to nurture a career instead of bearing children and on the broader scope, comments on our responsibility to look after our environment and the future of this planet”

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