BELLINGEN painter Phyllis Codd has carried off the 2010 Coffs Harbour City Council Portrait Prize with her painting Reflections in a Veranda Room, a study of her favourite model Bell.
“I didn’t think it was good enough to win a gong,” said the modest artist, who did not attend Saturday’s opening.
Her portrait shows her subject in a thoughtful mood, with her luxurious dreadlocks piled Medusa-like on top of her head.
Reflections, cast shadows and thinking people are important for the artist, who has chosen this title for her next exhibition, at Bellingen’s Nexus Gallery next March.
Phyllis Codd, who has been painting seriously for only 10 years, since retiring from her work in education, says she is ‘happy as a pig in mud’ painting full time and the prize has given her the confidence to enter next year’s Archibald Prize for portraiture. Figurative painting is her favourite genre and she also works in three dimensions, moulding heads and busts in clay.
She is currently working to add more ambiguity and atmosphere to her work, taking inspiration from the Impressionists.
Phyllis Codd has previously won the Curator’s Prize at an earlier Coffs Harbour Portrait Prize.