The Archibald

Yvette Coppersmith

Yvette Coppersmith

“Portraiture is my first love.”
“That’s the problem with the Archibald – it’s kind of like asking a total stranger to marry you.”

Art Style: Figurative / Abstract
Archibald Finalist: 3 Times (2016 self-portrait, 2009 John Safran, 2008 Paul Capsis)

2017 Archibald Sitter: Prof Gillian Triggs (President, Australian Human Rights Commission)

Yvette Coppersmith is a Melbourne based painter with a degree in Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts (2001).
Coppersmith has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2016 – Rose Burn self-portrait, 2009 – John Safran, 2008 – Paul Capsis), the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2016, 2007, 2006, 2002), the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2016, 2008, 2007, 2003) and the Metro 5 Art Award, where she was the inaugural winner in 2003 and a finalist (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007). She has exhibited in group and solo shows nationally and been included in a number of group shows internationally. Coppersmith has exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane at Fort Delta, Daine Singer, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Tristian Koenig, Gallery 9, Home@735, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Utopian Slumps, Chalk Horse, Gallery Ecosse.  She’s been included in several group shows in Europe in Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London and Berlin. Coppersmith has painted commissioned portraits for distinguished figures such as Justice Rosemary Balmford and Rupert Myer AO. Her works are held in a number of public and private collections, including the Jewish Museum of Australia; Benalla Art Gallery; the Supreme Court of Victoria; Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, and University of Technology Sydney (UTS).


Follow Yvette’s journey to The Archibald on Foxtel Arts from September 12.