Dagmar Cyrulla has received the first Highly Commended award in the long history of Australia’s richest art prize – The Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Dagmar’s self portrait “I am Woman” is striking presence above the marbled fireplace in historic Juniper Hall. Dagmar’s body of work, and her own body in this work, engage her viewer to feel the same emotion  her subjects feel. “I am Woman” portrays the artist’s personal moment  reflecting on this work in progress as she may on her reflection in a mirror, “Do I look like that? Do I feel like that?”, her image enquires.

The Moran Foundation, formed by the Moran family of Moran Health Care group, received 1130 entries this year. Judges Daniel Thomas, Wendy Sharpe and Greta Moran chose 200 semi-finalists and then 30 finalists to be hung for the annual exhibition. The winner “The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards) 2017 by established artist Tim Storrier received $150,000. 

A public favourite will surely be “Lion” by Ahn Do, the comedian and artist of ABC’s “Ahn’s Brush with Fame”. Ahn’s characteristic thickly painted work is entirely appropriate for this portrait of his friend Paul, described as a modern day “Rag and Bone” man.

Photography and Text by Mark Ferguson



Juniper Hall
250 Oxford Street,  Paddington
19 October to 17 December 2017
Free Admission




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