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) and in the same year won the Evelyn Chapman Art Award at S H Ervin Gallery. She is also a regular finalist in other premier art prizes including the Archibald Prize (2022), Art Gallery NSW, Darling Portrait Prize (2020, 2022) 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 and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. In 2009, the Muswellbrook Regional Gallery acquired her work United We Stand.

\ Artworks

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


Barkanji Woman Waiting

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 98 x 98cm


Space Odyssey (Wuhan Airport)

2020 \ Oil on Linen \ 122x122cm

The Senator

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 97 x 97cm


The Wedgwood Heart (Jonathan Dalton)

2021 \ Oil on Linen \ 138 x 122cm

The interogation

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 97 x 97cm

Villa Borghese (Fowlers Gap)

2022 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 122cm


Wilyakali Wonderer

2022 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 122cm


Words are silverton

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 138 x 122cm


\ News


Art Prize Finalists—Brooklyn Whelan, Braddon Snape, Caroline Zilinsky

23 August 2023

Congratulations to three of our talented artists who have been selected as finalists in significant art prizes.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Caroline Zilinsky

Landscape and Memory

Group Exhibition

2 September — 23 September 2023

Sydney Contemporary

Caroline Zilinsky, Nicholas Blowers, Leslie Rice & David Fairbairn

7 September — 11 September 2022

Caroline Zilinsky

Barren Land

28 July — 13 August 2022


Group Exhibition

14 August — 28 August 2021

Caroline Zilinsky


8 December — 23 December 2020

Caroline Zilinsky


18 May — 5 June 2020

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to find out more about Caroline Zilinsky.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm