||Sydney Morning Herald - CBD
Edited by Jeni Porter 14/4/1993
Driving his portrait further
While Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Andrew Stevenson gets unwanted publicity from the fall out over the collapse of Budget Corporation he is getting another high profile courtesy of Gretel "Madam Lash" Pinniger. Pinniger's portrait of Stevenson, who has been her lawyer for the past 14 years, made it to the shortlist and therefore hanging status, in this year's Archibald Prize. "He handles all my matters with absolutely the best vibes. I absolutely love the part he plays in my life," Pinniger said from her Palm Beach abode yesterday as her latest subject was one of the subjects of a Budget matter being heard in the Supreme Court. "My business is pretty complicated, Pinniger replied when queried about Stevenson's acting for her when he was considered more of a big company lawyer. "I knew he would be a terrific subject," she said. Stevenson had volunteered to sit for her after seeing her previously unsuccessful Archibald effort of restaurateur Tony Bilson. With the Archibald entry on tour until August, Pinniger is now working on another portrait of Stevenson which she plans to give him.
I'm stlll finding things to say about Andrew." Like the original, this painting has several views of the solicitor but "to create a dialogue" it also includes an image of Stevenson's wife. Stevenson is involved in civil proceedings brought by Keydata, the old Budget Corp, which began in the Supreme Court yesterday.