Sometimes an outline coloured in.

Sacha Lees
Oil on board
Winner, Adam Portraiture Award 2020

Winner, Adam Portraiture Award 2020


What the judges said:

"Ruthless in her self-scrutiny, this artist has introduced two elements which provide added interest to her photorealistic technique. The first is the concept of representing the act of painting oneself literally by showing the brush and hand in the image. The second is showing the process of developing the finished work in stages with the outline of the figure waiting to be filled in, which gives the work its title. This is an assured painting which is both compelling and rewards close study."

Artist Statement:

It can be confronting painting a selfportrait. I can see the years passed etched onto my face. Are those my mother’s hands? Sometimes an outline coloured in illustrates how easy it can be to lose oneself in the intensity of modern living. Time in my studio allows me to fill in the outlines again. 


Sacha Lees splits her creative pursuits between the commercial and fine art world. Her work can be found in publications, on celluloid, in museums and in private collections within New Zealand and abroad.