Anne Zahalka is available for public and private commissions. As a highly-regarded Australian photo-media artist, with a practice spanning more than thirty years, she is well versed to develop and accomplish commissioned Works.
Anne’s vision and multi-disciplinary approach to the creation, execution, production and final form of the Work is discussed with her clients. A proposal is then developed to realise the brief through encapsulating the artist concept, research, approach, scope, timeline and budget. Photographs and documentation from each commission become part of the artist archive.
Anne’s privately commissioned portraits of clients are contextualised within the interior or exterior of their domestic or professional setting. In consultation, an agreed approach is decided along with an arrangement of props and accoutrements; the tropes of Anne’s distinctive style. Anne has also approached individuals to sit for their portrait where they have sparked her creativity and personal interest.
Early in 2020 Penelope Seidler AM sat for a portrait. Anne had visited the Seidler house years ago and was inspired by the portrait Petrina Hicks made of Penelope and Harry Seidler (Harry and Penelope Seidler, 2005) displayed in the dining room. Anne’s poignant portrait of Penelope makes overt his absence.
Polixeni Papapetrou and her family were invited to sit for their portrait based on the kooky Addams Family characters. The two artists discussed Anne’s concept and approach to portraying the family in their home. The Papapetrou Family, 2017, won the Director’s Choice Acquisitive Award in the Olive Cotton Prize 2017 at Tweed Rivers Regional Gallery.
The Ambassadors (David Barry & Neil Glaser) 2019, was commissioned by Neil Glaser to commemorate his partners fortieth birthday. Inspired by Hans Holbein’s painting The Ambassadors, 1553, Anne worked with the pair on a composition that was staged in the heritage home they share in The Rocks, Sydney. The work was selected for the Olive Cotton Prize 2019 at Tweed Rivers Gallery. Later the portrait was reproduced on the cover of Australian Family Lawyer Volume 26/2 highlighting David Barry’s article, The Proud Crowd of Family Law pg 56.