The Artist Kyra Manktelow
About the artwork and sitter
Kyra Manktelow is a Quandamooka woman and Brisbane based artist with a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous art.
In 2021, she was named Telstra Emerging Artist at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA).
Kyra is a multidisciplinary artist, working with a variety of mediums including sculpture, digital, printmaking and painting.
Her work addresses her cultural heritage, knowledge, stories and traditions and she aims to invite the audience to connect and reflect. In this portrait, she’s portrayed side-on, gazing directly at that audience.
About the artist
Gold Coast photographer Russell Shakespeare has had work published in many national magazines and newspapers. His work can be found in The New York Times, Qantas Magazine, Gourmet Traveller, Q Weekend, Time, Australian Traveller, Australian Financial Review, the Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
He has also featured in many photographic books including, among others, The Magnum Foundation.