1. Self Portrait, 1932

2. Morning Sun, 1965

3. From a Cottage Garden, 1935



South Australian artist Nora Heysen (1911 – 2003) is considered one of the outstanding Australian women artists of the twentieth century.

She grew up at The Cedars near the Adelaide Hills town of Hahndorf and was deeply influenced by her father, the well-known landscape painter Hans Heysen.

Heysen never questioned that her life would be one dedicated to making art.  She spent most of her adult life in Sydney and her extensive oeuvre includes still-lifes, portraits, interiors and life drawings.

Her notable career spanned seven decades, during which the artist painted some of Australia’s most outstanding self-portraits, became the country’s first female war artist, and was the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture.