Fiona Lowry Wins the Archibald Prize 2014

2014 archibald prize winner

Sydney artist Fiona Lowry has won the 2014 Archibald prize with her portrait of the architect Penelope Seidler. She has been hung in the Archibald twice previously and won the Doug Moran Prize in 2008. I don’t dislike the painting, but it’s definitely not the painting I would have picked to win. Just look at the paintings I picked, none of them won. Michael Johnson won the Wynne prize and Andrew Sullivan won the Sulman. Continue Reading

The 2014 Wynne, Sulman and Archibald Prizes in Australia

the archibald prize finalists

The Archibald Prize is probably the most well known art prize in Australia. The lamestream media will report on the portrait prize whether there’s a controversy or not, but selectors and judges will usually try to serve them up some controversy if at all possible. On at the same time as the Archibald is the Wynne prize for landscapes and the Sulman prize for genre/subject painting. It’s all a bit of a circus but it gets the regular tards talking about art, so it has to be a good thing ;-) Continue Reading

Portrait Prizes

Two of Australia’s best known art prizes recently announced their winners. The Archibald prize is best known for creating controversies and receiving lots of mainstream media coverage, even if there isn’t a controversy, and the Doug Moran portrait prize is known for having a first prize booty of $150,000.

The 2009 Archibald prize winner was Guy Maestri with his portrait of the singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. I can’t say I was very impressed with the portrait but the Gurrumul CD is amazing. He’s a blind indiginous artist that plays the guitar upside down and sings like an angel. There’s some videos of him on Youtube.Continue Reading

Archibald Prize Winner 2008 – Del Kathryn Barton

The Sydney artist Del Kathryn Barton has won the Archibald prize for portraiture in 2008. Her painting titled “You are what is most beautiful about me, a self portrait with Kell and Arella” has won her $50,000 and a whole bunch of media attention as the art prize is one of the few in Australia that get any mainstream media love.

Her winning portrait depicts herself and her two children, Kell and Arella. The artist said “This painting celebrates the love I have for my two children and how my relationship with them has radically informed and indeed transformed my understanding of who I am.” She also said “Both my children have taken my world by storm and very little compares to the devotion I feel for them both. The intensity of this emotion is not something that I could have prepared myself for. The alchemy of life offered forth from my inhabitable woman’s body is perhaps the greatest gift of my life.”Continue Reading

Archibald Prize Winner for 2007

John Beard has won the Archibald Prize in Sydney. My prediction was wrong, so I’m glad I’m not a gambling man.

The subject of the portrait is the installation artist Janet Laurence.

From this collaboration of artist and artist-as-subject, a kind of double portraiture emerges. If a viewer knows the work of the artist portrayed, another visual layer resonates. Without the use of colour – that might highlight the differences or similarities between his subjects – Beard focuses the viewer’s attention not just on the individual sitter but on the structure of the painting itself. Light plays an important role in the visual dynamic of the image as we literally move around these sculptural works to fully appreciate their form and making.” Archibald Prize WinnerContinue Reading

Archibald Packing Room Prize Winner

Australia’s most talked about art prize will soon (March 2) announce the winner for 2007. They have already announced what is called the “Packing Room Prize”, which is where the gallery staff that install the exhibition get to vote for a winner. It’s a good way to let the media and public know that the Archibald prize is coming, and it’s a tradition that the award has had for a long time.

The Packing Room Prize winner was the Sydney artist Danelle Bergstrom, with a portrait of the Australian actor Jack Thompson, called “Take Two: Jack Thompson”Continue Reading

Archibald Prize Winner 2005

John Olsen has won the Archibald Prize for portraiture in Sydney, Australia this year. The artist had criticized the Archibald previously, calling it a chook raffle.Continue Reading

The Archibald Prize

Entries close today for the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney Australia. Artists have been marching in all this week with their chook raffle entries under their arm, hoping that the art gods will shine down on them with a $35,000 first prize and plenty of media attention.

The Archibald Prize is Australia’s most popular and talked about art prize. It’s the prize that draws the largest crowds and attracts those that wouldn’t usually enter an art gallery. It’s also the prize that the mainstream media in Australia picks up every year.Continue Reading