Yvette Coppersmith is a Melbourne born artist with a degree in Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. Yvette’s painting practice has always had a strong emphasis on portraiture and represents a constant questioning or reflection upon the genre of portraiture itself. Coppersmith has an affinity with performance through her self-portraits, as well as working with well known performers John Safran, Paul Capsis, Justin Heazlewood, and Moira Finucane. She has held a lifelong interest in costume, make-up and interior decorating as well as being a full-time painter. In the role of ‘Art Director’ she brings together her myriad skills with the creative and meticulous rigour of a painter.
Coppersmith has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2016, 2009, 2008), the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2016, 2007, 2006, 2002), the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2016, 2008, 2007, 2003) and the Metro 5 Art Award where she was the inaugural winner in 2003 and a finalist (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007). She has exhibited in solo shows nationally and been included in a number of group shows internationally. Coppersmith has also been commissioned to paint several portraits for distinguished figures such as Justice Rosemary Balmford and Rupert Myer AO. Her works are held in a number of public and private collections, including the Jewish Museum or Australia; Benalla Art Gallery; the Supreme Court of Victoria; Trinity College, The University of Melbourne,; University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
PHOTO: Ilona Nelson