Professor Hugh Taylor AC immortalised by award winning artist
Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health and Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) founder Professor Hugh Taylor AC has been immortalised in a portrait by well-known Australian artist Evert Ploeg.
The artwork was commissioned by the CERA Board to recognise Professor Taylor’s enormous contribution to ophthalmology as a profession and an academic discipline, and to eye health in the community.
CERA Chair Ms Tina McMeckan described Professor Taylor as “A Renaissance man: a man of prodigious talents, boundless energy, abundant charm, wide ranging interests, deeply held convictions and an enormous capacity for work that he applies to making a practical difference in the world.”
“I was flattered that the CERA Board wanted to have a portrait painted and I was just delighted with the painting of Evert Ploeg” said Professor Taylor. “He has made a wonderful integration of the ophthalmic and Aboriginal themes in a most sympathetic way.”
The artwork will be housed at CERA, alongside portraits of eminent Australian ophthalmologists Professor Gerard Crock, Dr Archie Anderson and his cousin, Dr Ringland Anderson, after whom the Ophthalmology Chair at the University of Melbourne is named and who was Professor Taylor’s grandfather.
Portrait artist Evert Ploeg is a an international award-winning artist, whose work is represented in The University of Melbourne, the private collection of The ABC, the Australian War Memorial and the permanent collection of The Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.