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This is Geoffrey Proud

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By Gwylym Owen

Geoffrey Robert Proud (born 12 July 1946) is an Australian artist. Although he had no formal training, he held his first solo exhibition at the age of sixteen, and has back exhibited in anything states with exceeding 80 solo exhibitions and in excess of 100 society exhibitions to his credit. Though he is best known for his painting, he has furthermore gained significant attention for etchings, lithographs and sculptural work.

He has won various awards including the Sulman Prize in 1975, and Australia’s most prestigious prize for portraiture the Archibald Prize in 1990 for his portrait of writer Dorothy Hewett. He has consistently displayed in everything state capitals in the past 1966.

Proud has afterward been awarded numerous new prizes throughout his career including the Sydney Georges Art Prize, Melbourne 1976 (acquisition); La Trobe Valley Purchase Prize 1976; Coffs Harbour Art Purchase Prize 1977, George Crouch Golden Jubilee Invitation 1977, Ballarat; Darnell de Gruchy Purchase, Qld 1977; Gosford Art Prize in 1994.

Geoffrey Proud has art exploit represented at: the Australian National Gallery; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Artbank Collection; Horsham Art Gallery in Victoria; Armidale City Art Gallery in Armidale, NSW; La Trobe Valley Art Centre in Victoria; Newcastle Region Art Gallery; NSW State Parliament Offices; Visual Art Board, Australia Council; Parliament House Offices in Canberra; the Darling Harbour Authority in Sydney; NSW Bar Association, Sydney; Royal Sydney Golf Club, Sydney; NRMA Collection, Sydney; Westmead Hospital, Sydney; Allen Allen & Hemsley, New York; IBM Collections in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra; Elton John Collection, London; Hyatt Regency, Coolum, Qld; Sly & Weigall, Sydney; Freehill, Hollingdale & Page; Melbourne; Vigilant Insurance, Sydney; Jones Lang & Wootton, Sydney; Arthur Anderson & Co., Sydney, the University of New England; Sydney Convention Centre, the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Proud’s younger brother was the singer-songwriter, poet, novelist and dramatist Pip Proud.

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