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of …
Australian Portrait artist
Vicki Sullivan

My painting “Girl in a Red Robe ” below was selected for the “Painting today”  exhibition at the European Museum of Contemporary Art, MEAM , opening on Friday 8th March, for International Women’s Day

Click here for Painting Today Information

It’s important to acknowledge this show, the curator, and the artists. The MEAM · Museu Europeu d’Art Modern is a unique Museum of figurative realism in The heart of Barcelona. There are very few of them in the world and the Meam does a very fine job. In reading their mission statement I was delighted that one of their goals is to give the art form a place to flourish and educate those visiting of the importance of giving a voice and a stage for figurative realism in the art world. And through the show “Painting Today” opening 3/8, the museum proves itself as being a leader by hiring curator Didi Menéndez to bring together 70 women artists to celebrate International Women’s Day. The artists are from every part of the world and deserving of international recognition just as much as their male counterparts. I’m honored and grateful to be part of this exhibition. It’s a must see and will be on until early May. 

My painting is available for purchase directly from the MEAM click here to purchase


ZARAGOZA and BARCELONA here we come! Thrilled that this little painting of my niece “Dawn of an Age” will be featured in the 20×20 Exhibition by @galeriaartelibre to celebrate their 20th. Anniversary with over 160 international realist/figurative contemporary artists. From March 7th at Edificio Bantierra in Zaragoza and   the European Museum of Modern Art {MEAM} Museum in Barcelona from July 12th till September 1st 2019

I am delighted to say that my Painting Bliss has been selected to be exhibited in
“I Observe” at REHS CONTEMPORY Gallery,at 5 East 57th Street. 8th Floor. NYNY 10022. The opening is 1pm, Saturday 9th March and the exhibition finishes on 29th March 2019
Rehs Contemporary, along with PoetsArtists, is proud to announce I Observe, a group exhibition that explores the concepts of individuality and awareness. Collectively, more than two-dozen artists will have 30 works on display – each providing a unique lens into their observations.

More about the Exhibition, including Articles, opening photos etc click here

Bliss is available on Artsy, Click here to purchase

Download a catalogue here

My painting “Fey Whispers of Japonica” below ,has been selected for publication in “Adorn Me”, curated by Carol Hodes  a Poets Artists online exclusive exhibition on Artsy and Artnet with the Zhou B Art Center ,
For collectors click here https://www.artsy.net/artwork/vicki-sullivan-fey-whispers-of-japonica?fbclid=IwAR1GVqkfNxiPSnrS6wjYfZuM7ssgGzq18XccnSt-fjh6TPdZoBCUZWSBNA8

Emilio Longo from Skill-Based Art came to Interview me recently about Realist Painting.
Click on the Interview Link Below


I am super excited that my Charcoal drawing “Wild Thing” has been selected in the Figurative Realism publication, the 100th issue of Poets Artists in the USA,

For collectors click here https://www.artsy.net/artist/vicki-sullivan

Kinima News
I am so delighted that my Charcoal drawing Kinima {see below}was selected and published in  “Strokes of Genius book 10” which has just been published

here is the link to Northlight books if you would like to buy a copy


Kinima Charcoal on Roma paper 52cm x 38cm

My painting Bliss with the lovely Luann Halsey at the opening of
WOMEN PAINTING WOMEN MEN PAINTING MEN VOICES WITH VISION exhibition at the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, USA

My Painting Lighthorse Walers and Kangaroo feathers was awarded a Highly Commended in the Melbourne Society of Women Sculptors and painters annual Exhibition Changing Perspectives at the Victorian Artists Society from 7th oct until 16th October 2018

A Big thanks to “What’s Hamptoning” for a great article about my work,

Chasing dreams is something that motivates a lot of people. We try to save up and work as hard as we possibly can until we can achieve our goals. As important as that is, we are often reminded that what matters the most is the people next to us. Meet Vicki Sullivan, an artist based in Australia. In the interview below, the artist talks about her passion for realism and her long road to success. She also shares with us a tragic event that reminded her of the true importance of life. Read More https://whatshamptoning.com/realistic-art-magic-vicki-sullivan/

I am super happy that my painting “Bliss” has been selected as a finalist in the WOMEN PAINTING WOMEN MEN PAINTING MEN VOICES WITH VISION exhibition at the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, USA, Opening on the 6th October at 2385 MAIN STREET ,BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY 11932

I am so pleased that my drawing Kinima has been selected for the 2018 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award which will tour throughout the eastern seaboard of Australia, travelling to several regional and metropolitan galleries during the two years between awards.

I am thrilled that my painting has been selected as a finalist in the Kennedy Prize in South Australia, at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts from the 7th September until the 23rd September,

I’m super excited to say My Portrait of my niece Goldie has just been sent to be exhibited in Spain in 2019 at  the MEAM Museum in Barcelona ,

Women Painting Women   22 July until 19th August

A photo from the Live portrait painting demonstration of the lovely Bella,
at Burrinja Cultural Centre on Sunday 5th August

Realist portrait painting by Australian female artists.

Women Painting Women is a major exhibition of portraiture oil painting and features recent works by Sally Ryan (NSW), Megan Roodenrys (SA), Dagmar Cyrulla, Vicki Sullivan, Fiona Bilbrough, Raelene Sharp and Heather Ellis (all VIC).

Giving insights into the relationships between the artists and their sitters (among these Yorta-Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham, actress Sigrid Thornton, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty and labour senator Penny Wong), the works touch on a variety of contemporary themes while revealing personal stories of reward and loss.

Taking its inspiration from the realist painting movement in the United States, the exhibition celebrates the talent of female portrait artists and the women who sit for them, and is the second instalment at Burrinja after its successful show in 2016.

“This exhibition uniquely honours the female spirit – of realist painters and their sitters” – artist Vicki Sullivan

Join us for a live portrait painting demonstration by Vicki Sullivan in the gallery on Sunday 5 August from 11 to 4 pm

Tales from the Studio,
Paintings by Vicki Sullivan

At the Mornington Shire Foyer Gallery
2 Queen St, Mornington VIC 3931
Until Friday  24th August

Including My portrait of Professor Daniel O’Brian the Doctor researching the Bairnsdale Ulcer , a flesh eating Ulcer which has become a severe problem on the Mornington Peninsula.

Hidden Faces Exhibition… Melbourne

My Portrait’s of Actor Kerry Armstrong “Coming Up Roses” and Opera Diva Liane Keegan  “Encore” are on display now in the Hidden Faces Exhibition

There is a peoples choice prize for the painting which receives the most votes, entry forms at the concierge desk

Where …
Pan Pacific Melbourne
2 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf VIC 3006

11/06/2018 to 04/10/2018

Percival Prize finalist

I’m delighted that my painting of Fred Schepisi, “The Director” has been selected as a finalist in the Percival Portrait prize in Townsville, QLD, The exhibition will take place at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery from Friday 27 April until Sunday 15 July 2018

Latest News

I am super excited because my drawing “Laktisma” has WON an Art Renewal Centre Publication Award, yipeee, this means that I will have an article about my work in Collection Magazine, founded in 1993, has published 252 monthly issues and has the highest reputation in art collection and art marketing in China. Collection Magazine was awarded China’s most influential journal in 60 years and was three times nominated for the “National Journal Award”
I am so over the moon about winning an Art Renewal Centre award, and I will be announcing on my News page when the article has been published.

Upcoming  Workshop 26th and 27th May, 2018 see my Workshop page here 


Contact me for details if you are interested in attending a two day Master Copy  portrait workshop with me in Rye, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
For information on upcoming workshops sign up to my email newsletter to be notified first

email:    vicki.sullivan42@gmail.com

MARCH 2018
I’m feeling delighted to be invited by the Victorian artists Society to exhibit three of my Flower paintings at the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show in the Great hall of flowers.
The painting below is Peonies in Spring, h 35cm x w 45cm and is one of the paintings I will be showing.
This was painted from life in my studio, Peonies are one of my favourite flowers and I am trying {with not a lot of success} to grow them in my garden.

a link to the website for tickets is here

Show Dates & Times

Feb 2018

I was thrilled that two of my pieces have made it into the finals of the Art Renewal Centre Salon,  from 3750 entries from 69 countries, Laktisma, Graphite on Canson paper, and Reading Heidi, Oil on Linen,

My painting Lighthorse, Walers and Kangaroo feathers  won a Highly commended prize in the Sorrento Rotary Art Show in early January, a great way to begin the year.

I’m so pleased that my Painting “Back Study of Brianna,”  has Won the People’s Choice prize
Manning Art Prize, Naked and Nude
at the
Manning Art Gallery

My Painting Fleeting Lilly has won a second People’s Choice prize in the Jackson’s Mussini Oil painting competition in London, thanks you Jackson’s, Mussini oil paint  and thank you to everyone who voted for my painting

Im so thrilled that my Drawing “Kinima” has been selected for publication in “Strokes of Genius” Book 10 , Inspiring Subjects,Published  in the USA by Northlight books. I am over the moon to have my work alongside such a high standard of drawing.

Kinima Charcoal on Roma paper 52cm x 38cm

Kinima Charcoal on Roma paper 52cm x 38cm

My Drawing “Kinima” Charcoal on Roma paper,
has been selected as a finalist in the Jacaranda Aquisitive Drawing Prize ,
and will be on tour for two years through NSW and QLD

Touring Dates are as Follows

  • Caboolture Regional Art Gallery 2nd Feb -18th March 2017
  • University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery 30th March – 6th May 2017
  • Bundaburg Regional Gallery 11th May-2nd July
  • Gympie Regional Gallery 15th August-2nd October 2017
  • Redland Art Gallery 13th October-26th November
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery 12th Jan-24th Feb 2018
  • Warwick Art Gallery 17th March-29th April 2018
  • New England Art Museum 4th May-22nd July 2018