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VAS PORTRAIT EXHIBITION nada hunter award


Nada Hunter (1918–2005) was well known in artistic circles, especially through the Victorian Artists Society to whom she left several legacies for the benefit of artists.  

Nada was born in Donald in 1918 but spent most of her life in Camberwell in Melbourne. She studied for a year at the Teachers College, University of Melbourne and joined the WAAF at the outbreak of WW2 in 1939. Nada was engaged as an intelligence analyst throughout South East Asia, and she continued in this highly secretive work after the war in Intelligence Signals and Communications based at Albert Park. 

Nada's paintings are full of spontaneity and her joyous high keyed palette places her firmly in the modernist movement. She was a regular exhibitor with VAS from 1952 and member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors since 1982. 

1st prize 2023_Julia Wang_Ash Gray

苍 (Ash Gray), Oil by Julia Wang, Portraiture Winner 2023

Past Exhibitions

VAS Portrait Exhibition 2021
18 Aug 2021 – 14 Oct 2021
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Gwendoline Krumins_Winner 2022_Mrs Brown_Oil
VAS Portrait Exhibition 2022
12 Aug 2022 – 22 Aug 2022
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1st prize 2023_Julia Wang_Ash Gray
VAS Portrait Exhibition 2023
11 Aug 2023 – 21 Aug 2023
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2nd Prize 2023_Louis Sauzier_Self Portrait
VAS Portrait Exhibition 2024
5 Jul 2024 – 15 Jul 2024
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PAST WINNERS
Gwendoline Krumins_Winner 2022_Mrs Brown_Oil

'Mrs Brown', Oil by Gwendoline Krumins, Portraiture Winner 2022

2019 Portraiture Winner - Bilboa by Paul Learmonth

'Bilboa' by Paul Learmonth, Portraiture Winner 2019

Julian Bruere portraiture 2018

'Wallander's Dad' by Julian Bruere, Winner 2018


'Peter,' by Gwendoline Krumins, Winner 2017

'Peter,' by Gwendoline Krumins, Winner 2017

'Self-portrait', by Rod Edelsten, Winner 2016

'Self-portrait', by Rod Edelsten, Winner 2016

'Emily in a Black Dress,' by Ben Winspear, Winner 2015

'Emily in a Black Dress,' by Ben Winspear, Winner 2015


2014: Dennis Sonogan  

2013: Ray Hewitt  

2012: Dinny Birrell  

2011: Betina Fauvel  

2010: Stephen Doyle  

2009: Ray Hewitt  

2009: Bill Harding 

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