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​Jill Ansell is a West Australian artist and high school teacher. She is a finalist in the 2023 Archibald Prize and the 2023 Portia Geach Memorial Award. Jill has twice been a finalist in the Lester Portrait Prize (formerly Black Swan Award) and a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. She is the recipient of many Art Awards including the BankWest Open Art Award, York Art Award, Victoria Park Art Award, the Town of Cambridge Art Award, and the Town of Vincent Art Award. Her work is held in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally.


Jill works across a wide range of subjects from the local beach to surreal desert landscapes, but her favourite subject is the portrait. Her portraits typically engage the viewer with their humour and warm humanity. Her work in assemblage carefully weaves real objects and portrait together into an intriguing glimpse into the intimate world of the subject.


Jill considers commissions on a very limited basis from the extremely patient.



2023   Finalist Archibald Prize


2023   Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award


2023   Finalist Collie Art Prize

2021   Finalist Moran Portrait Prize

2020   Finalist Lester Prize


2019   Winner: York Art Award (Overall Theme)


2013   Winner: Victoria Park Art Award

           Winner: York Art Award

           Winner: York Art Award (Sculpture)

2012   Semi-finalist: Doug Moran Portrait Prize


2011   Finalist: Black Swan Portrait Award


2009   Winner: York Art & Craft Award


2006   Winner: BankWest Open Art Award,                Perth Royal Show

           Winner: Victoria Park Art Award 


2005   Winner: Town of Cambridge Art Award

           Winner Viewers’ Choice: York Art

2003   Winner: Town of Vincent Art Award


1999   Winner: Victoria Park Art Award 2D



  • The Conversation News Article

  • West Australian Newspaper Article

  • Education Department of WA Article

  • Canberra Times May 2023 

  • inclusion in magazine Creative Artist #6 pp 30-40

  • inclusion in magazine Art Education Association of WA (AEAWA) pp 10-12 ​

  • Inclusion in Art Almanac August 2020

​​​I am fortunate enough to know a number of wonderful artists. Below are some links to their web pages. Explore - it will be worth the journey!


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