Pilar de la Torre, visual artist, painter
Awarded the “Phillip Muskett Prize for Landscape” and the “Thea Proctor Scholarship” at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, Australia.
Developing of her art skills both within Australia and Internationally in Florence, France, and Spain has been Pilar’s highest priority. She continues to study painting at the Victorian Artist Society Melbourne Victoria, with Paul McDonald Smith OAM, FVAS, FRSA. Studying figure painting in France at Studio Escalier in 2014 and 2017 was highly influential.
Pilar is committed to constant and never-ending improvement in her art practice.
Pilar has entered major art prizes such as the Archibald and the Portia Geach awards. Her entry into the 2005 Archibald prize was selected into the Salon des Refusés exhibition in Sydney, Australia.
Pilar has been a finalist in the Kennedy Art Prize, Adelaide 2015 and the Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Regional Gallery 2016.
Pilar has won art prizes and has been highly commended on many occasions for her work in portraiture and still life.
Pilar's work is held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and USA
2017 Figure painting Studio Escalier, France
2015 Oil Painting at the Victorian Artist Society
Paul McDonald Smith and Gregory R Smith, Melbourne
2014 Portrait painting with Lee Machelak, Melbourne
2014 Figure painting Studio Escalier, France
2013 Painting workshop with Robin Eley, Adelaide
2013 Portrait Drawing workshop with David Kassan, Adelaide
2013 Dimensions of colour workshop at Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney
2012 Still life and Portrait workshops with Andrea Smith, Melbourne
2008 Painting Workshop at Angel Academy, Florence
2000 Julian Ashton Art School, full time scholarship, Sydney
Solo show 2017, “Colour, my Passion”, Victorian Artist Society 2017
Selected member Friday Group Painters, Victorian Artist Society 2017
Finalist Norma Bull Portrait Scholarship, Victorian Artist Society 2015 & 2017
Finalist Rick Amore Drawing Prize 2016
Finalist Kennedy Art Prize, Adelaide 2015
Selected to the Salon de Refuse in 2005, Archibald alternative Exhibition
Exhibited at Bayside Art Show 2016, 2017
Exhibited in various Group Exhibitions at the Victorian Artist Society
Exhibited at Linden Gallery Postcard show 2015, 2016
Exhibited in Camberwell Art Show 2016
Exhibited with Brighton Artist Society
Highly Commended, Self Portrait, Victorian Artist Society 2017
Encouragement Award, Oil painting, Victorian Artist Society 2017
GECAG Annual Exhibition, Best Oil, Still-life Oil Painting 2017
Bold Brush Award, Runner up, Portrait Painting 2016
Encouragement Award, Oil painting, Victorian Artist Society 2015
Best Portrait in oils Mooney Valley Art Show 2015
Bold Brush Award Still-life Oil Painting 2014 & 2015
PEAR – Art residency
Julian Ashton Art Scool, Thea Proctor Scholarship
Julian Ashton Art Scool,Musket Prize for landscape
The North Sydney Art Prize – Landmark Prize