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Photo by Ilona Nelson for This Wild Song

Photo by Ilona Nelson for This Wild Song

Yvette Coppersmith is a Melbourne-based artist. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001 where she was awarded the Maude Glover Fleay Award in the graduate exhibition. 

Yvette began painting as a portraitist working in the realist tradition. In the 21 years since her first portrait in oils, her visual language has expanded to include still life, abstraction and an interplay of these genres combined with the figure.  Her work is characterised by an enduring fascination with representations of the feminine and the influence of psychological processes on selfhood. Yvette exhibits nationally and internationally and has been commissioned for portraits for public and private collections. In 2018 she won the Archibald Prize the fifth year being included as a finalist.  Yvette has also been a finalist in the Len Fox Painting Award, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. She has exhibited her work in artist-run-initiatives, commercial galleries and public spaces in Melbourne, across Australia and internationally and her work is held in public and private collections. The making of her 2017 Archibald portrait of Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs features in Foxtel Arts’ documentary film 'The Archibald' by Mint Pictures. Yvette won the inaugural Metro Prize in 2003 and began teaching painting and drawing in 2004. She has run workshops at the National Gallery of Victoria, Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne Girls Grammar School, The Art Room, Fitzroy Painting and Zart Art.