Portrait of Frank Watters
Still life – Hippiastrums

Born Sydney, Australia 1949

Vicki Varvaressos studied in Sydney at the National Art School (1968–71). Her paintings from this time and through the 1970s focused on the media representation of women and reflected contemporary feminist concerns. Her work later became less political and more concerned with personal experience.

Expressive and intuitive in approach, Varvaressos’s style is characterised by broad, unlaboured strokes of thickly applied paint. Her works were primarily figurative until the 1990s when her gestural style loosened into total abstraction. Her subsequent work continues to explore both stylistic modes.

An adept portraitist, Varvaressos won the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2002 for her work Self portrait with painting. She has been represented in numerous group and survey exhibitions: Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1981 and 1985); Romanticism and Classicism in Contemporary Australian Painting, Geelong Art Gallery and touring (1983); Pleasure of the Gaze, Art Gallery of Western Australia (1985); Review: Works by Women in the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1995); and Contemporary Australian Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2003) among many others.