5 Inspiring Australian Portrait Artists

Australian Artists / Fine-Artists

Below are a number of portrait artist who have personally inspired my art practice. Let me know in the comment section who inspires your art practice.

Ben Quilty

Possibly the most famous living Australian portrait artist, Ben Quilty has had a profound impact on my own art practice. As Australia’s War artist, I remember visiting the War Memorial and seeing the series he created following his trip to Afghanistan. I was easily the most memorable war art I can recount. 

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‘Portrait of Margaret Olley’ by Ben Quilty © Peter Mackey / Flickr


In recent years the line between street-art and fine-art have begun to blur. There is no denying that Adnate’s incredible portraits are nothing but breath taking. Holding a connection toward Indigenous Australian’s, he shares their stories in the best way he knows how.

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Street art, Warrnambool by Adnate © Duncan C / Flickr


Loribelle Spirovski

I’ve been following Loribelle’s art practice for a number of year’s now on instagram and I can say without a doubt she never fails to inspire. At only 29, she is quickly establishing he space within Australia’s art scene. Having already exhibited in the Archibald on a number of occasions and winning a host of awards, I’m certain we are going to continue to see more of her.

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Guy Maestri

Guy often pitches himself as an Australian Landscape artist, but after following his art practice for a while, he displays a large amount of experimentation. He has an incredible way of capturing a person’s imagination.

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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu by Guy Maestri © Franz Venhaus / Flickr