Caroline Zilinsky

24 November – 22 December 2018

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Caroline Zilinsky

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side 38×30cm oil on linen

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Caroline Zilinsky

Spring Never Came

24 November – 22 December 2018

In this long-awaited exhibition, Caroline Zilinsky makes a much-anticipated return to her distinctive and renowned portraits

Inspired by the real-life stories of local and political identities, these striking paintings bear the artist’s distinctive stylised lines, and muted colours and tones. While they throw the bleak and absurd aspects of human life experience into high relief, an underlying sense of dignity and resilience gives the paintings deeper heart. Zilinsky’s work at once encompasses nihilistic obliteration and triumph of the human spirit, her figures appear defiant, as if steeling themselves against their respective fates

To take from Kristeva’s Powers of Horror “Like a car crash, the viewer is compelled to look”

Zilinsky is an obsessive and reclusive painter. Her work explores the grotesque, absurd and tragic aspects of human nature through narrative imagery, and has been painting social and political work for several decades

She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had works in major prizes including the Sulman Prize (AGNSW), Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize (S.H.Ervin Gallery), Kilgour Prize (Newcastle Art Gallery), Rick Amor Self-Portrait Prize and Muswelbrook Regional Art Prize to name a few

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    The Eternal Optimist (Senator Lee Rhiannon) 97×97cm oil on linen

    Greens senator Lee Rhiannon has fought tirelessly for the rights of the Australian people in a political career that spans over 3 decades. Her unwavering commitment to grassroots politics have been the cause of great controversy and her extreme left wing policies have been pivotal in shaping the Australian political and cultural climate.
    In this painting she is seated in her Parker chair poised with the fortitude and tenacity required to survive Australian politics. She has shaped policy and in turn it has shaped her.

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Lucky Like Saint Sebastian 25×15cm oil on board

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    The Prayer 20×15cm oil on board

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    The Hooligan 71×71cm oil on linen

    Finalist 2017 Kilgore Prize, Newcastle Regional Gallery

    This is a portrait of violent criminal Robert Foley who spent over twenty-six years in prison and was acquitted of two life sentences, one in Thailand and the other in Italy. While in Thailand Foley wrote a book of poetry which was published and held to great acclaim. Age has softened this hardened man who now leads a quiet life of solitude and service to others. In this painting he reclines on his purple chaise lounge in his custom made black swimming stockings

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    The Mirage 97×97cm oil on canvas

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Emily Hill 38×30cm oil on linen

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    In a Lake (Self Portrait) 56×56cm oil on canvas

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    The Senator (Pauline Hanson) 97×97cm oil on linen

    This is a painting of right wing Australian senator Pauline Hanson. In 2017 Hanson walked into parliament wearing full Muslim attire to protest the wearing the Burka in Australia. To me the image was strikingly symbolic of today’s international political climate of fear, ignorance and mistrust of the unknown.

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    The Interrogation 97×97cm oil on linen

    Finalist 2017 Sulman Prize AGNSW
    The Interrogation is a painting of a British SAS soldier in Baghdad but to me it is a man cornered by the absurdity of human nature

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Cataract 1 pencil on paper 22.5×19.5cm

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Cataract 2 pencil on paper 25×20cm

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Anna and Charlie 25×20cm oil pastel and pencil on paper

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Capitulate 25×20cm oil pastel and pencil on paper

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Over The Hill 23×51cm oil on linen

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    View Over Rushcutters Bay 97×97cm oil on linen

    Finalist 2018 NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Mr Flake’s Dilemma 15×15cm oil on linen

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Portrait of Emily Hill 56×56cm oil on canvas

    Finalist 2017 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery
    Artist, poet, wordsmith and songwriter Emily Hill is a strange character who marches to the beat of her own drum. When sitting for this portrait she requested that I paint her as grotesque as possible, something that has unanimously been the complaint of all other people I have painted.

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    Cataract 3 pencil on paper 25×20cm

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    The Light Within 25×20cm oil pastel and pencil on paper

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    Caroline Zilinsky

    The Fairest Of Them All (Roz Wason Tucker) 97×97cm oil on linen

    Finalist 2017 Portia Geach Prize, S.H. Ervin Gallery

    This is a portrait of Mrs Roz Wason. Roz was Miss Australia 1979 and ranked 3rd in the 1980 Miss Universe pageant

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