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Evert Ploeg

International award winning artist Evert Ploeg (pronounced Ay-vert Plough), is one of Australia’s most highly regarded portrait artists. He has painted portraits of such eclectic luminaries as musical legend Kamahl, pop star Ben Lee, international film actor Richard Roxburgh and the esteemed Dr Paul Scully Power - Australia’s first astronaut in space.

(b.1963) After graduating from Design College in 1984, he succeeded as an advertising and book illustrator. Commissioned to illustrate the republications of the Australian classic stories “We of the Never, Never”, and “Clancy of the Overflow”, Evert received a coveted award from publisher Random House for “Outstanding Cover”.In November 1995 he held his first solo exhibition “The Mask of Myth”.

Evert’s Dutch heritage has played a significant role in his artistic pursuit; today his realistic style fused with a fresh and contemporary feel has seen him secure portrait commissions from clients diverse as Hollywood celebrities to commercial and corporate institutions throughout Australasia and Europe. His work is represented in The University of Melbourne, the private collection of The ABC, the Australian War Memorial and the permanent collection of The Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Evert is a recipient of numerous national and international awards and accolades. An Exceptional Merit Award Winner at The Portrait Society of America’s 2005 International Portrait Competition in Washington DC, he is also a regular competitor in Australia’s prestigious and often controversial Archibald Portrait Prize held at The Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1997 his profile was immediately elevated when he submitted a portrait of ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’ in the Archibald competition.

He has twice won the coveted Archibald People’s Choice Award in 1999 (Deborah Mailman) and 2007 (George Ellis) and it’s Packing Room Prize in 2004 (Jana Wendt). Evert has been selected to the Salon des Refuses – SH Ervin Gallery on three occasions with a People’s Choice win in 2000. In June 2005 he won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, in previous years having received both an Honourable Mention ’03 and a Highly Commended’04. He has been a finalist twice in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and in the once only, AGNSW Sporting Portrait Prize, with a portrait of Paralympian Louise Sauvage. Included in the inaugural NSW edition of ‘Who’s Who’ publication, his work was also selected for exhibition at The Australian Embassy in Washington DC (May’05) in a show sponsored by Macquarie Bank.

In September 2010 he joined the cast of the Big hART and Company B highly acclaimed production 'NAMATJIRA' at the Belvoir Theatre, painting a portrait of lead actor Trevor Jamieson live on stage, retelling the story of Australia's most famous indigenous artist.

Evert considers his work to be first and foremost character driven. For him, each new portrait brings another challenge, to produce a work of art that is not just a likeness of a person, but is injected with their spirit and individuality. Combined with the subtle use of textures and surfaces, his sculptural approach and lively brushwork bring forth the subjects’ personality. Evert works from his self designed and built home/studio, ‘The Barn’ on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which was featured on the Nine Network ‘Our House’ programme.

Awards & Credits
2010 Honourable Mention: Members Competition, oil category – Portrait Society of America
Finalist: Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Finalist: Kilgour Art Prize for Figurative Painting - Newcastle Regional Gallery
Winner: Ex Arte Equinus IV, International Equine Art - First Place, Painting
2009 Highly Commended : City of Perth Black Swan Portrait Prize.
Finalist : Mortimore Art Prize.
2008 Finalist : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery.
Finalist : Mission to Seafarers ANL Maritime Art Award – Melbourne.
Commended : Berkelouw Self Portrait Prize – Bowral & District Art Society Inc.
2007 Winner : People’s Choice Award Archibald Prize – AGNSW in Sydney & Myer Mural Hall, Melbourne
2006 Finalist : Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – State Library NSW
Finalist : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2005 Winner : Exceptional Merit Award Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition – Washington DC
Winner : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Commended : at the Inaugural Berkelouw Portrait Prize – Bowral Art Gallery NSW
2004 Winner : Packing Room Prize / Archibald Prize- Art Gallery NSW
Highly Commended : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize – Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2003 Winner : People’s Choice: Portrait Artists Australia inaugural Exhibition – Arthouse Hotel - Sydney
Honourable Mention : Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize – Bega Valley Regional Gallery
2000 Winner : Holding Redlich Peoples Choice Award ‘Salon Des Refuse’ – S.H Ervin Gallery
Finalist : AGNSW Sporting Portrait Prize of Australia
Finalist : Doug Moran National Portrait Prize- State Library NSW
1999 Winner : People’s Choice Archibald Prize - AGNSW in Sydney & Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
Winner : 2BL Radio Listener’s Choice Award
Winner : 2CR ABC Radio Listener’s Choice Award
Winner : Outstanding Cover Award Random House Publishing
1998 3rd Place People’s Choice Award. ‘Salon Des Refuse’ – S.H Ervin Gallery

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