2019 / Fine Art / Portrait

Hua Niao

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    Samantha Everton

From the series Indochine, Hua Niao is named after the traditional Chinese "flowers and birds" style of painting from the 10th century. Delicately posed in voluptuous surroundings, the subject's exposed naked back hints at a vulnerability and inner beauty

Born in Whyalla, South Australia, Samantha Everton credits her unusual childhood as instrumental in fostering a creative mind. Growing up with a biological brother and three adopted Asian siblings, Everton spent hours fossicking for gemstones under the wide blue skies of remote mining towns in Central Queensland. Hers was a colour-saturated world. Although not directly referencing her own family experience, multicultural themes and notions of identity continue to influence much of her imagery.