A portrait of the seventh Master of Queen’s, Professor David Runia, by Sydney artist Evert Ploeg was unveiled at the recent annual Master’s garden party by Mr John Castles AM.
International award winning artist Evert Ploeg, is one of Australia’s most highly regarded portrait artists. Evert’s Dutch heritage has played a significant role in his artistic pursuit; today his representational style fused with a fresh contemporary attitude has seen him secure portrait commissions from a diverse client base. His 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.
Evert’s portrait of David Runia captures a typical pose that all residents during his 13 years so far as Master will recognise. He is standing at the lectern with its representation of the College’s chief symbol, the Wyvern, while in the background a number of Greek words central to his research interests are depicted with artistic licence.
The College’s Portrait collection continues an ancient collegiate tradition and honours the achievements of the Masters of the College.  The original portrait will be hung in the Junior Common room with a copy along with other portraits in Eakins Hall.

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