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Beth, Looking Forward

by Elizabeth Barden

A portrait of

Beth Mitchell

Medium

Oil on linen

Dimensions

20cm x 20cm

About the artist

Elizabeth Barden says it has always been her fascination to paint people, noting that she is “I confess, a people watcher’. She has been a six time finalist in the prestigious Portia Geach Memorial Prize, a finalist in the Lethbridge 10,000 Award and twice a finalist in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize. Her work is represented in private and public collections nationally and internationally, including her portrait of Christine Anu Waiting For Zipporah in the Australian National Portrait Gallery. 

The artist represents themselves.

About the sitter

Beth Mitchell is an Australian fine art photographer specialising in feminine, figurative underwater imagery.  She actually shoots her photographs with an underwater camera, with her and the subjects immersed in the water. This involves carefully constructing props and securing them with anchors under the water to have them drifting at the right height. She also works on the images post production. Mitchell says of her work: “I am emotively captivated by the underwater environment. Seemingly idealistic images of femininity, perfected by polished technique, yet they whisper deeply into contemporary  societal dialogue. My images explore and echo classic and contemporary art themes, as well as stories of strong Australian female achievers." Her works are characterised by ethereal femininity, visual depictions of mental health and explorations of beauty. 

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