Installation view of Prudence Flint’s work on display in NGV Triennial from 3 December 2023 – 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Sean Fennessy<br/>

Prudence Flint

Photo: Karina Dias Pires

Prudence Flint
Australia born 1962

Level 2
NGV International
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Without specific narratives but full of psychological richness, Prudence Flint’s paintings of women escape easy interpretation. Seemingly lost in thought, the figures are surrounded by everyday objects that serve as metaphors for the inner world.

Flint’s paintings take long periods to make. They begin as ideas reproduced in pencil and charcoal drawings before being painted from life in her studio, where Flint works with a close circle that has modelled for her over years.

This new body of work, titled Hunting and Fishing, reflects the artist’s ongoing interest in the traditions of figurative painting and the representation of women throughout art history.

Prudence Flint is an artist based in Melbourne. Over three decades Flint has made work that is populated by mostly female figures in interior spaces and occasionally outdoors. She has held solo exhibitions in London, Dublin, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart, and has exhibited in major state and regional galleries. She is a seven-time finalist in the Archibald Prize. She has won the Len Fox Painting Award 2016, the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2010 and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2004. Her work is held by collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, City of Port Phillip, Artbank, BHP Billiton, City of Gold Coast, University of Wollongong, Castlemaine Art Museum, X Museum, and numerous private collections.

Courtesy of the artist and Fine Arts, Sydney and mother’s tankstation Dublin|London

The NGV warmly thanks Bruce Parncutt AO and Celebration Donors for supporting the acquisition of two paintings from Prudence Flint’s new body of work