Hope Survives

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Hope Survives. Oil, enamel on canvas. 120 cm x 120 cm.

This portrait painting is of Louisa Hope, survivor of the Lindt Cafe Seige in Sydney's Martin Place in December 2014. This contemporary artwork was entered into the Archibald Prize in Sydney. Louisa Hope sat for her portrait at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. 

After the siege, Louisa founded the Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses after being treated for three months at Prince of Wales Hospital for her gunshot wounds.

This figurative painting focuses on Louisa as a beacon of Hope and survival and depicts many red roses surrounding her. The roses in the original artwork symbolize the thousands of flowers left at the site of the Lindt Cafe Siege, where three people lost their lives. The roses also symbolize the many bullets fired during the horrific ordeal.