Prue Acton brings the Excitement of Colour to Benalla

Prue Acton

Prominent and celebrated artist and fashion designer Prue Acton OBE presents her new solo exhibition, the ‘Excitement of Colour’, at Benalla Art Gallery.

Known as Australia’s ‘golden girl of fashion’, Prue Acton once described herself as "an artist who chose to work in the field of fashion."

She originally intended to become a professional artist, but after her move into fashion in the early sixties, she rapidly became known as one of Australia’s top designers.

"Prue was born in 1943 in Benalla. She spent many years in the fashion industry and won several awards. During the 1980s she returned to her first love, painting, continuing her study under the mentorship of Clifton Pugh and partner, Merv Moriarty," said Benalla Art Gallery Director, Bryony Nainby.

"This exhibition comprises of a recent collection of still lives and flowers recently painted in her coastal bush home and studio in rural NSW," Ms Nainby said.

For Acton, observation and aesthetics are powerful tools to explore the very nature of life.

"The beauty of colour is and always has been my quest. As an artist, as a colourist, I make works that I hope convey the colour and the beauty of the world around us," said Prue of her upcoming exhibition.

Prue Acton: The Excitement of Colour is at the Benalla Art Gallery until 26 November 2017.

The Benalla Art Gallery is open 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Monday.


  • Tuesday, 10 October 2017 | 09:00 AM - Sunday, 26 November 2017 | 05:00 PM


Benalla Art Gallery , Bridge Street, Benalla Rural City Council 3672  View Map

Google Map