Chief Judge: Vincent Fantauzzo
One of Australia’s most popular artists, Fantauzzo graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from RMIT and also completed his Masters in Fine Arts at RMIT. He has had solo exhibitions at Dianne Tanzer Gallery in Melbourne in 2007 and 2008 and in Mumbai India in 2007. He won the 2003 Tolarno RMIT Partnership Prize and was a finalist in the 2007 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, DLAP and Whyalla Art Award. He is also well known for his highly skilled paintings of famous Australian faces, the likes of which include Heath Ledger, Hugh Jackman, Brandon Walters, chef Matt Moran, and the actor and his wife, Asher Keddie. In 2017 Fantauzzo was chosen to paint the official portrait of former Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The portrait was unveiled in Parliament House Canberra on 24 October 2018. The Australian painter has achieved international acclaim with works exhibited across the globe, in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and India.
Assistant Judge: Ev Hales
Ev is a highly regarded artist and teacher who is the President of the Watercolour Society of Victoria. Her workshops in Victoria and inter- state plus her international art tours are very popular as are her published ebooks, YouTube tutorials, critique service and newsletters. Ev has many artistic achievements including successful solo and shared exhibitions, being a finalist in art competitions, won awards for her art and has judged many art shows. Her most recent was judging The Australian Art Excellence Awards for The Australian Guild of Realist Artists. The Camberwell Art Show committee is pleased she accepted the invitation to be a judge of our show.
Assistant Judge: Raelene Sharp
Raelene Sharp has been a professional portrait artist for many years painting corporate, private and celebrity portraits for clients around the country. She lists Scotch College, Melbourne University, Melbourne University College, Royal Children’s Hospital, Methodists’ Ladies College, St Catherine’s Toorak and Caulfield Grammar among her clients.
She is an Archibald Prize Finalist and Archibald Packing Room Prize Winner. Raelene has won the third richest portrait prize in the Australia – The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize. Her paintings of Professor Suzanne Cory AC and Eva and Marc Besen AC are hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. She has been included in the Salon International USA twice the Archibald Salon des Refuse, Portia Geach and received a First Merit in the Portrait Society of America’s annual Exhibition. Raelene is a Victorian Artists’ Society Fellow. Her paintings are in public and private collections in Australia and overseas. She has been finalist in most of the national portrait competitions and also features in several publications. Raelene has judged many national art shows including Camberwell Art Show.