Big things in pipeline for artist De Kleine: winner of National Portrait Gallery award

Curtis Edwards and artist Isabelle de Kleine.
Curtis Edwards and artist Isabelle de Kleine.

A YOUNG local artist has earned a residency at a prestigious Australian gallery after winning the National Portrait Gallery Digital Portraiture Award 2015.

Isabelle de Kleine (21) is the youngest entrant to make it into the finals with her portrait of Curtis Edwards, who lives with alopecia.

Fellow local artist Jacobus Capone was also among the finalists.

De Kleine said the portrait aimed to show how overwhelming social expectations could be.

She was happy the piece had resonated with judges enough to give her a residency at The Edge in Brisbane.

“Through personal communication with the subject, Curtis Edwards, I intended to look at how having alopecia has affected him throughout his growth, particularly in relation to societal expectations,” she said.

It will be a busy couple of months for de Kleine, who has also been named as one of 10 young artists taking part in the Channels Festival in Melbourne.