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JUDITH O'CONAL - PRINZ

Artist - F.R.A.S., M.P.A.A.

 

Self Portrait of Judith

Judith’s earliest years were spent in The Rocks area, where she lived with her parents.  It was here that she first came into contact with the notion of art as a career.  Passing the Maritime Museum with her little playmates, the plaque, “Julian Ashton Art School”, continually fascinated her.  The immediate thought, still remembered clearly, “I’ll go there one day” proved true.  Later, as a girl of sixteen, many years were spent there under the guidance of Henry Gibbons and John Passmore. 

Sir Neville Cardus gave Judith the initial impetus to study art seriously.  He happened to see some of the youthful watercolours she enjoyed painting, and declared they showed a talent which should be cultivated.  Even though music and cricket were his sphere, Sir Neville’s perception with regard to Judith and art were totally correct. 

Over the years Judith has been a finalist in many competitions, in particular the Portia Geach Memorial Competition for Portraiture, and has won many awards.  Her work may be seen in the University of Western Sydney; the University of Wollongong; the Baulkham Hills Shire Council; the James Ruse Agricultural High School; the John Curtin Hall, Canberra and in private collections.  Solo exhibitions have been held at Prouds, King Street in 1980 and Casula Powerhouse in 1998.

To this day painting is Judith’s first love, and after that, listening to fine music.

 

This site was last updated 23-Mar-2011