Artist Janine Dello is proof that it is never too late to explore previously nascent talents. The artist has stacked up recognition for her portraits since graduating as a mature-age student from the Adelaide Central School of Art in 2016, including as a finalist in the Kennedy Art Prize, the Prospect Portrait Prize, the RSASA Portrait Prize and the Wyndham Art Prize. The subject matter that has garnered her such accolades relates to the embodied self, as the artist turns her eye to female culture and what she calls the “appearance industry”. Janine uses her own photography as the basis for these painted compositions, asking women she knows to model for her and using their poses as a launching pad to explore love, desire, vanity and vulnerability. With each new work, she asks her audience to consider our collective obsession with youth and beauty, employing an accessible style that is as provocative as it is playful.