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Life Drawing with Davida Allen

Participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn skills of life drawing from renowned Queensland painter, Archibald Prize Winner, and longtime friend and colleague of William Robinson, Davida Allen.

This is a ticketed event held in conjunction with Women of the World Festival, Brisbane.

Davida Allen is a Queensland artist. As a student at Brisbane's Stuartholme Convent in the 1960s, she had Betty Churcher as an art teacher and later at the Brisbane Central Technical College she studied under Roy Churcher. Since 1999 she has shown with Philip Bacon Galleries. Allen’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. A solo retrospective was held at MOCA Brisbane in 1988, and solo exhibitions have also been held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1983 and 1987. In the 1980s she gained notoriety with a series of erotic works depicting actor Sam Neill. In 1986 she won the prestigious Archibald Prize with a portrait of her father-in-law, John Shera, watering his garden. She has written and illustrated two books, The Autobiography of Vicki Myers: Close to the Bone and What is a Portrait?, and she wrote and directed the loosely autobiographical feature film Feeling Sexy in 1999. Her work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, and National Gallery of Victoria.

Place William Robinson Gallery
Date Friday 19 June
Time 11.30am


Davida ALLEN
The model art teacher from the series Close to the bone 1991
QUT Art Collection
Purchased 1992

May 2015