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Warren by Ali Marshall


Ali Marshall

About the artist

Ali Marshall is a figurative and landscape painter whose ties to Brisbane are long and deep – her great grandfather drowned in the Brisbane floods of 1897 and her mother was a trailblazer for women as part of rowing crews on the Brisbane River. Marshall studied under Betty Churcher, Davida Allen and Warren Palmer and graduated as secondary school art teacher. She travelled overseas but has made Brisbane her home since 1984 working in schools and also the School of Distance Education. She has since attended the Brisbane Institute of Art and was recently selected as semi finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Ali says she has been drawn to both landscapes and still life for inspiration and she finds the human form “endlessly fascinating”.  

About the sitter

Warren Palmer has been very much part of the Brisbane art scene since the 1960s  as an art educator, leading ceramicist and painter. His connections to the creatives in this city go back to when he was a student and teacher trainee at Brisbane Central Tech College where he had a drawing teacher named William Robinson.  They spent several decades working side by side teaching drawing to students who benefitted from their generosity, imagination and dedication. Born in Herberton in North Queensland, Warren’s own work in sculpture and other mouldings of shape and form has always surprised and intrigued. Artist Ali Marshall who painted Warren’s portrait for the Brisbane Portrait Prize of course studied under him more than 40 years ago. She notes: “It is a privilege to attempt to capture that focus and passion for creativity that still underpins his life.”