Entrant to the 'Darling Portrait Prize 2024'

Artist's statement by Jacqueline Tiepermann:

“Circle of Tenderness”

Harry Triguboff AO with his wife Rhonda have been friends for over 30 years.

During Christmas lunch last year, Rhonda stood behind Harry putting her hands lovingly on his shoulders whilst speaking to me. I took a photo, as the gesture spoke volumes about my friend’s partnership. The composition emphasized the connectedness between the two figures, the love they share the tenderness and intimacy of the moment.

The window behind the pair showed a harbour setting, however, to tell their story steel and cement were the order of the day. I purposely painted a building with curves to maintain the softness of the moment, reiterating Rhonda’s nature whilst flagging their empire.

Composing I felt the need to speak of the importance of family to both figures, with tongue in cheek, included Suzie, who is never far from Harry’s side. She was the perfect additive, put smile on my dial.


2024 Darling Portrait Prize' entry - 'Circle of Tenderness' - Oil on Linen 140cm x 104cm

Entrant to the Wynne Prize - Art Gallery NSW

Artist's statement by Jacqueline Tiepermann:

Refuge Bay

Oil on Linen - 122 X 220cm

“Refuge Bay” is personal, a large painting, a lightbulb moment painted feverishly one Sunday.

It tells the story of family holiday memories on the Hawkesbury River. Whilst painting I was totally transported to those times, so many childhood anecdotes, I could actually hear my brothers & parents voices during the long hours hovering over the canvas. We always moored at this glorious bay with a natural waterfall, majestic rock formations and a cave behind that we played in and around. I remember only too well looking through my cabin’s porthole at night, a mesmerising waterfall with a sound that lulled me to sleep. Painting with an open smile, whilst tears fell freely.

As I climbed into bed late that night, completely spent, there was a call to notify me that my father had passed away.

It is at times like that, I wonder, what subliminal messages are sent from the spirit world…

Refuge Bay

2023 Wynne Prize entry - 'Refuge Bay' - Oil on Linen 122cm x 220cm

Refuge Bay

'Refuge Bay' - Section of painting

Jacqueline Tiepermann