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 is commissioned by institutions and organisations to development large and small scale projects responding to pointed, complex briefs. The Works created are considered, informed, highly resolved and professionally produced for the multiple, public outcomes required.
Completed commissions include Parliament House at Work commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Parliament House, Canberra and Welcome to Sydney, a series of portraits depicting migrants for Sydney’s International Arrivals Terminal at Sydney Airport. The Innovators – collectors who shaped Sydney’s Avant-Garde, 1963 -1978 was a series of commissioned work for exhibition. Campaign poster for the Blacktown ‘Shooting Stars’ Basketball team fundraiser (2014). NGV Photos From Home is a project featuring photographers, whose work is in the NGV Collection, sharing their current lived experience, or a moment in time through images and words.
Anne’s commemorative portraits of for institutional display include Marilyn Darling OA for the National Portrait Gallery, Professor John Redmond, Dean of Faculty Art and Design Monash University (1998 -2010) and the Board and staff of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne marking 25 years of the CCP to name a few.
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.
Anne has undertaken prestigious commissions for corporate, community and social campaigns as well as photographic works to lead marketing, publicity and commercial products.
Commissioned work for includes The Rake Ensemble (2010), Copyright Agency, 1993, Modern Western album artwork (2008), Matt Henry album artwork (2013), Aaron Brown album cover Early/Modern and homepage portrait, The Necks album SEX portrait (inside cover), Mini Cooper book, 2014, Betty Churcher 1994, Wendy Whitely (), Pat Corrigan, 2015.