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Brisbane Portrait Prize, presented by Queensland Portrait Prize Ltd.

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Lydia Pearson

by Marian Drew

A portrait of

Lydia Pearson

Medium

Photography

Dimensions

116cm x 96cm

About the artist

Marian Drew's multidisciplinary practice of three decades includes photography, video, installation and public art. Drew is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University. Her work is held in collections that include the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. She represented Australia in the First Asia Pacific Triennial 1993, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China 2010 and the Photography Biennale, Photoquai, Paris 2011. Her monograph, Marian Drew Photographs and Video, was published by the Queensland Centre for Photography in 2006.

The artist is represented by Andrew Baker Gallery. 

About the sitter

Lydia Pearson is a legend in Australian fashion. She and Pamela Easton formed the fashion label Easton Pearson, and for twenty-eight years took Brisbane fashion to the world. In 2009 a retrospective of Easton Pearson's work was shown at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and their collection is now housed with the Museum of Brisbane. The drawn background in this photograph was inspired by Indian miniature paintings of gardens, a reference to the hand crafted patterns and embellished fabrics of their oeuvre. The warmth and generosity of the sitter captured through long exposure and hand painted light. The ripped paper reminds the viewer that photographs are objects repositioned here as still life.

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