Hidden Faces – The 2018 Victorian Salon des Refusés Exhibition

Dr. Caroline Thew, Joanna Murray-Smith (detail)An exhibition of portraits by Victorian artists, originally submitted for a number of national portrait prizes, including the Doug Moran, Portia Geach, Archibald, Sulman, Scratchboard Society & Black Swan, which were either not hung in the ‘official’ exhibitions or have not been shown in Melbourne are currently on display in Hidden Faces – The 2018 Victorian Salon des Refusés Exhibition at the Pan Pacific Melbourne until 4 October 2018.

Now well established in Melbourne’s arts calendar, Hidden Faces unveils a broad spectrum of entertaining, challenging & insightful paintings of such well-known subjects as Performers: Jack Jones, Kerry Armstrong, Lior, Nicholas Bell and Mick Thomas.

Also featured are Sporting Icons: Gary Ablett Sr., Nathan Lyon, Melissa Tapper & David Pocock; Artists: Geoff La Gerche, Bruce Earles, Bill Young & Shane Crumpton; Authors Rosalie Ham & John Safran, Film Director John Chase, and Professor Mabel Lee. The portraits of Joanna Murray-Smith by Dr. Caroline Thew, on loan from the Melbourne Theatre Company and of Doug Wade by Lisa Wang, on loan from the Geelong Football Club, are especially highlighted.

“There is something new and different each year and, now in its Seventeenth year, Hidden Faces continues to reveal the amazing portraiture talent in Victoria,” says Jacqueline Taylor OAM, Curator of Hidden Faces. “This year’s excellent collection of contemporary portraits on display here continues the tradition established by the Hotel to present a showcase of Victorian artistic brilliance.”

“The prestigious Pan Pacific Melbourne is the perfect location to exhibit these outstanding works by Raelene Sharp, Hung Fu, Jaq Grantford, John Mandich, Vicki Sullivan, Ron Penrose, Joanne Morris, Todd Simpson, Janne Kearney, Peter Ferrier, Christine Wrest-Smith and Steve May, to name a few.”

Hidden Faces follows in the long tradition of the French Impressionists of the 1860s who held a breakaway exhibition from the French Academy. The inaugural Salon des Refusés, held in 1863 by command of Napoleon III, included works by acclaimed artists Edmund Manet, Camille Pissarro and Paul Cezanne.

The 2018 show includes a diverse array of exciting, diverse, witty and experimental artworks by Victorian artists whose talent deserves to be seen & appreciated!

Hidden Faces – The 2018 Victorian Salon des Refusés Exhibition
Lobby – Pan Pacific Melbourne, 2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Exhibition continues to 4 October 2018
Free entry

Image: Dr. Caroline Thew, Joanna Murray-Smith (detail)