Jenny Sages

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Jenny Sages is an Archibald Prize People's Choice Award winning Australian artist born 1933 in Shanghai, China. She arrived in Australia in 1948. After being expelled from East Sydney Tech, Jenny moved to New York to study at Franklin School of Art. She was a freelance writer and illustrator for Vogue Australia until the 1980s before starting full-time painting in 1985 at the age of 52.[1]

Archibald Prize[edit]

She has been a finalist for the Archibald Prize at least 20 times.

Year Name of work Comments
1990 Adele Weiss and Benjamin Finalist [2]
1993 Keith Bain (Everyone is Doing the Farandole) Finalist [3]
1994 Loti and Victor Smorgon Finalist [4]
1995 Gene Sherman with Family, After Tillers, After Freud, After Watteau Finalist [5]
1996 Paul Cox Finalist [6]
1997 Greg Weight making a portrait of Tom Bass Finalist [7]
1998 Nobody's daughter - Meme Thorne Finalist [8]
1999 Meryl Tankard Finalist [9]
2000 Each morning when I wake up I put on my mother's face Finalist [10]
2001 My Love Highly Commended[citation needed]
2001 Jackie and Kerryn Finalist [11]
2002 Ros and Joe Finalist [12]
2003 True Stories - Helen Garner Finalist [13]
2004 Seeing the lights - Anthony Hopkins artist Finalist [14]
2005 Gloria Tamere Petyarre Finalist [15]
2006 Hossein Valamanesh Finalist [16]
2007 Irina Baronova (handing on the baton) Finalist [17]
2008 Anita and Luca Finalist [18]
2009 Heidi & Sarah-Jane ‘parallel lives’ Finalist [19]
2011 My Jack Finalist [20]
2012 After Jack (Self Portrait) Finalist People's Choice award[21][22]

She has also been the hung in the Archibald as the subject of the work of Jiawei Shen's 2002 Finalist's work The lady from Shanghai (Jenny Sages)[12]

Other work[edit]

She has also been hung in the Blake Prize and Dobell Prize. She has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award twice: in 1994 for her portrait Ann Thomson, and in 1992 for her portrait Nancy Borlase and Laurie Short.[23] She received a highly commended in the Wynne Prize in 1999 with The Leichhardt. She won the Wynne Prize in 2005.

Sages was one of five artists featured in the award winning documentary film, Two Thirds Sky - Artists in Desert Country, directed by Sean O'Brien in 2002.

She was interviewed in the 2005 Peter Berner documentary Loaded Brush.

Sages is the subject of the documentary Paths to Portraiture by filmmaker Catherine Hunter. For the 2011 Archibald Prize, Jenny painted Jack Sages her husband and companion of 55 years. The painting was accepted but Jack died before the exhibition opened. In 2012 Sages turned her gaze inward in an attempt to capture her grief. Hunter was with the artist as she dealt with her husband’s death and then the 2012 Archibald Prize success.[24]


  1. ^ Profile from Australian Art Review
  2. ^ Archibald Finalists for 1990, Art Gallery of NSW
  3. ^ Archibald Finalists for 1993, Art Gallery of NSW
  4. ^ Archibald Finalists for 1994, Art Gallery of NSW
  5. ^ Archibald Finalists for 1995, Art Gallery of NSW
  6. ^ Archibald Finalists for 1996, Art Gallery of NSW
  7. ^ Archibald Finalists for 1997, Art Gallery of NSW
  8. ^ Archibald Finalists for 1998, Art Gallery of NSW
  9. ^ Archibald Finalists for 1999, Art Gallery of NSW
  10. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2000, Art Gallery of NSW
  11. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2001, Art Gallery of NSW
  12. ^ a b Archibald Finalists for 2002, Art Gallery of NSW
  13. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2003, Art Gallery of NSW
  14. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2004, Art Gallery of NSW
  15. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2005, Art Gallery of NSW
  16. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2006, Art Gallery of NSW
  17. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2007, Art Gallery of NSW
  18. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2008, Art Gallery of NSW
  19. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2009, Art Gallery of NSW
  20. ^ Archibald Finalists for 2011, Art Gallery of NSW
  21. ^ Winner: People's Choice 2012, Art Gallery of NSW
  22. ^ Pickles, Edwina (17 May 2012) Pictures of the week, (Page has no content)
  23. ^ Nancy Borlase and Laurie Short, 1991, by Jenny Sages, National Portrait Gallery
  24. ^ "Jenny Sages - Paths to Portraiture". 2012.