b. 1950, Australia

Annette Bezor Biography

Annette Bezor’s images of women from the history of Western art and popular culture consider the politics of gender and painting as an act of manipulation and representation. Bezor attended the South Australian School of Art, Adelaide (1974-1977), exhibiting in the Young Artists Exhibition in Adelaide (1977) and solo exhibitions at the Luba Bilu Gallery in Melbourne from the late 1980s.

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Her works appropriate images from popular photographs of famous and anonymous women and from paintings by artists such as Raphael and the Pre-Raphaelites. Bezor’s painting considers the objectification of the female form and perceptions of beauty in high and low culture in Western society with her more recent portraits depicting digitally manipulated facial features (eyes, lips and cheeks), alluding to humanity’s preoccupation with the pursuit of ideal form and appearance.


Bezor was the recipient of the New Work Grants Awards from the Visual board of the Australia Council (1998 and 2002), and the inaugural SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Monograph in 1999. She has work in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

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