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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 18th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 19, 2009 13 NEWS Portrait artist jokes about prize money ZILKA GROGAN Ben Smith's double self-portrait. BEN Smith may have missed out on the nation's richest portrait prize but he can still joke about what he would have done with the $150,000 prize money. ''My girlfriend was already planning a holiday to Greece,'' he said. ''But I was thinking more about properly setting up my artistic practice, with proper studios and that kind of thing.'' The Summer Hill artist was among the 30 finalists for the 2009 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, awarded at the State Library last Tuesday. Smith's entry for the portrait prize, entitled ''In Two Minds'', is a double self-portrait of the artist. ''It's basically a painting that symbolises the truth between opposite parts of the personality,'' Smith said. The Moran Prizes com- prise both the Moran Con- temporary Photographic Prize and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, with artists competing for a total prize pool of $300,000. The winning portrait was Ben Quilty's painting of rocker Jimmy Barnes. Smith said the Moran Prizes are a great oppor- tunity to gain exposure as an artist. ''It's an opportunity to change someone's life,'' he said. ''You can go from being a struggling artist to being someone who can take on bigger things.'' The 30 finalists for the Doug Moran Portrait Prize will be on display at the State Library until May 9.
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