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Suzy shows a different side for Archibald Prize entry

ARCHIBALD ENTRY: Aratula artist Suzy Buhle.
ARCHIBALD ENTRY: Aratula artist Suzy Buhle. Sarah Harvey
Aratula artist Suzy Buhle has entered a self portrait into the prestigious Archibald Prize Photo: Contributed
Aratula artist Suzy Buhle has entered a self portrait into the prestigious Archibald Prize Photo: Contributed Contributed

SUZY Buhle is no stranger to the Archibald Prize.

The Aratula-based artist has entered a self-portrait of herself into the prestigious portrait competition.

It's the second time she's entered a picture of herself, after painting her grandfather last year and father the year before.

"A lot of people who have seen it look at the painting and they say 'You haven't done yourself justice'," she said.

"But it's not meant to be a pretty picture of myself.

"I was trying to bring out the serious side of myself. People might not think of me as serious, but I'm quite serious about my art and that's what I wanted to show.

"I'm happy with the piece; I wanted it to be pretty raw."

The stylised, naked picture of herself has been shipped to Sydney for the prize.

The painting is just the second time she's painted a self portrait; the first time was also entered into the Archibalds.

"You've got to divorce yourself from the painting when you're doing yourself. I don't even think of it as myself.

"I have chosen a self-portrait this year in my brash brushstroke style of works.

"I wanted to capture the essence of the artist, me, in her raw and artistic state of mind.

"Everyone's got something they don't like about themselves, but everyone has something beautiful."

The self-portrait shows off one of Ms Buhle's most common styles of painting, with her work often portraying the female form in a stylised fashion.

The Archibald Prize is the country's most prestigious portrait prize, administered by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW.

Ms Buhle said she was already planning her entry next year, and for the first time was looking to enter a painting of someone outside her immediate family.

"I'm hoping to get someone famous to paint for next year's Archibald Prize," she said.

Meanwhile the well-known Scenic Rim artist is planning an exhibition in Paris to be held in November this year as well as running her popular and successful gallery in Aratula.

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