Caroline Zilinsky

\ Winner of the 2020 Portia Geach Award

Lives and works in Sydney

Artist's CV

Represented by nanda\hobbs

Caroline Zilinsky is the most enigmatic of painters.  She is obsessive, highly skilled, sharp witted and possesses an eye that drills into the very soul of her sitters, revealing their most intimate truths. Her unrelenting artistic drive is intoxicating—ten-hour days at the easel is the studio norm.

When viewing Zilinsky’s paintings, one cannot be an innocent bystander. As an artist, she has the ability to metaphorically reach out and grasp the viewer, compelling us to engage in a dialogue with her protagonists.  Her works inhabit an interesting place in contemporary Australian painting. She echoes many of the themes of the Australian Modernism greats and stylistically, acknowledges a debt to their introspective investigations into an uncomfortable world.

Caroline Zilinsky was the winner of the 2020 Portia Geach Memorial Award—Australia's most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women. She is also a regular finalist in other premier art prizes including the 2020 Darling Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the 2020 SBS Portrait Prize, the Kilgour Prize at Newcastle Art Gallery, Blake for Religious Art, the 2017 Sulman Prize - Art Gallery of NSW and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. In 2009, the Muswellbrook Regional Gallery acquired her work United We Stand.

\ Artworks

Anthea may or may not

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 115 x 100cm framed \ Winner, 2020 Portia Geach Memorial Prize


Eliza do something

2004 \ Pencil, 1943 wallpaper on oval card \ 47.6 x 37.7cm framed


2005 \ Pencil, paper and gold frame \ 22.2 x 17.2cm framed

On My Shoulders

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 20 x 20cm


The Senator

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 97 x 97cm

The interogation

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 97 x 97cm

The wallflower photograph

2004 \ Pencil, 1943 wallpaper on oval card with gold frame \ 52 x 35cm framed


2020 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 122cm


\ Exhibitions featuring Caroline Zilinsky

Caroline Zilinsky


18 May — 5 June 2020

Contact Us

to find out more about Caroline Zilinsky.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
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