Tasmanian artist contests Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

MAKING WAVES IN WA: Launceston artist Chee Yong's artwork entitled Self Portrait as a Ghost is in the running for the prestigious Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. Picture: Supplied

MAKING WAVES IN WA: Launceston artist Chee Yong's artwork entitled Self Portrait as a Ghost is in the running for the prestigious Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. Picture: Supplied

A Launceston artist is one of 40 finalists in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture in Western Australia.

Chee Yong’s artwork Self Portrait as a Ghost is in the running for the $50,000 first prize.

More than 300 emerging and professional artists entered work, with about 60 per cent of entries from interstate artists.

Yong joined 25 other interstate finalists and 14 from Western Australia.

Yong said the portrait acknowledged and challenged the tradition of portraiture as the physical likeness.

“Despite its malevolent appearance, Self Portrait as a Ghost is a rendition of a reinterpreted theme of portraiture and vanitas,” he said.

Self Portrait as a Ghost is an introspective study of my own psychological vicissitudes, a manifestation of self and anxieties.”

Finalists will be exhibited in partnership with the Art Gallery of Western Australia between November 1 and 27.

Entering its 11th year, Western Australia’s only portrait prize is presented by not-for profit organisation ARTrinsic Inc.

Winners will be announced on November 10.