Salon des Refuses – Winners 2020

Salon des Refuses – Winners 2020

The Royal Queensland Art Society is delighted to announce the recipients of the Petrie Terrace Gallery Awards for the Salon des Refusés from the Brisbane Portrait Prize

Each of the three Selectors from the Salon des Refusés chose their top artwork from the finalists as shown below.


Mr Smith by Jessica Guthrie

Petrie Terrace Gallery Award – Francis Giacco

Mr Smith is shown in his corporate attire as a Bond Trader at National Australia Bank. Outside of this role, he assumes the role of coach in junior AFL, providing mentorship through helping boys explore their physical boundaries and understanding on how to behave in times of pressure, and uncertainty.

It struck me that the coaching work on the field benefitted “Mr Smith” as much as the boys he coaches, and equally important to his own psyche as the corporate role he performs daily. My aim in painting his portrait was to convey his dedication to both roles.

Cassie and Shan by Scott McDougall

Petrie Terrace Gallery Award – Lara Cresser

Wearing a wonderful original outfit from her 1960’s collection and seated with her feet in the dirt at her rural sanctuary in Northern NSW with her amazing (and uncooperative!) rescue pig, Shan, I have tried to meld the stylish gregarious Brisbane identity with the private contemplative person she relaxes into at her rural forest retreat.

Rewinding Evolution by Lars Vester

Petrie Terrace Gallery Award – Bruce Heiser

This portrait depicts Professor William von Hippel, reimagined as a Homo erectus, our ancestor who first emerged in Africa two million years ago, and created a new kind of intelligence that forever altered our place on this planet.

During the sittings, von Hippel shared his insights on the new evolutionary science of human psychology. With equal parts wisdom, humour and charm, he spoke about how our past explains the present, and I began to wonder how he would have appeared two million years ago. Thankfully, von Hippel shared my curiosity and his portrait evolved from there.


This exhibition will run from Friday 9th of October to Sunday 1st of November at the Petrie Terrace Gallery, and can be viewed online shortly.

Come along to the all new event “Wine and Cheese on a Saturday afternoon”. Enjoy the Salon des Refusés at Petrie Terrace Gallery and relax with a glass of wine and listen to a guest speaker!

Wine and Cheese on a Saturday Afternoon
Saturday 17th, 24th and 31st October 2 – 4pm
Tickets: $20

You and your guests can book in to any of the ticketed events through Eventbrite on the following link https://petrieterracegallery.eventbrite.com.au


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Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane Branch is proudly supported by

Brisbane City Council
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