Danie Mellor finalist in 2023 Archibald Prize.

Danie Mellor is a finalist in teh 2023 Archibald Prize at The Art Gallery of NSW with his work A portrait of intimacy.


The subject of Danie Mellor’s Archibald painting is Dr Gene Sherman AM, a philanthropist, art collector and academic who ran Sherman Galleries for 21 years. She is also renowned for her passion for design and fashion.


‘This work explores Gene’s relationship with aesthetics and her emotional journey following the passing of her husband Brian Sherman AM in 2022,’ says Mellor.

‘To communicate Gene’s avant-garde sensibility in her portrait, l chose Alesso Baldovinetti’s 1465 Portrait of a lady in yellow as the basis for the composition. It also provides a reference to Renaissance engagement with culture and openness to ideas, and a way of showing her life-long contribution to the arts.


‘Gene is painted in profile, echoing the pose of Baldovinetti’s sitter, enigmatically reflecting on the passage of life. The faint presence of the lady together with Gene symbolises the continuing, intergenerational nature of culture and history, and tradition of portraiture.

‘I called it A portrait of intimacy as it felt like a reflective, introspective piece, especially given its muted palette and heightened sense that we are glimpsing Gene’s inner self.’

Mellor is also a finalist in this year’s Wynne Prize.


Danie Mellor
A portrait of intimacy, 2023
acrylic on board with gesso and iridescent wash
90 x 60 cm
27 Apr 2023