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

Intensely Dutch in Sydney

I’m in Sydney for a few days as a family member was passing through town and needed a place to stay. The problem was that he may have swine flu or at least a bad case of regular flu. Either way, I wasn’t hanging around to catch any flu! So it was a great excuse to jump in the car and drive.

Today I went to the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney to see Intensely Dutch, which looks at Dutch artists after world war 2, including artists from the CoBrA movement. Artists include Karel Appel, Gerrit Benner, Bram Bogart, Constant, Corneille, Edgar Fernhout, Willem de Kooning, Theo Kuijpers, Lucebert, Jaap Nanninga, Wim Oepts, Jan Riske, Jan J Schoonhoven, Bram van Velde, and Jaap Wagemaker.Continue Reading

Claude Monet and the Impressionists in Sydney

On Sunday I spent the day in Sydney and visited the Claude Monet and the Impressionists exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Impressionism was never my favorite art movement, but when a whale of an artist like Claude Monet comes to town it’s hard to find an excuse to not see it. Australian museums aren’t exactly overflowing with masterpieces from around the world, so any decent traveling exhibition is a must see.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

Sydney Photos and Heavy Art Books

Here’s a few holiday pics from my recent Sydney trip where I went to see PJ Harvey at the Sydney Opera House. I also saw a few exhibitions, but nothing that really dropped my jaw. My most exciting art moment was buying three art books (two Anselm Kiefer books and one Brett Whiteley book). The books were so big and heavy that I almost lost my arms while dragging them back to the hotel, but they were worth the struggle.. even if they did almost kill me.Continue Reading

William Dobell Drawing Prize 2007

In Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW, the winner of the Dobell Prize for drawing has been announced. Ana Pollak’s “Mullet Creek” has taken first place, giving the artist $20,000.

I don’t think drawing gets the credit it really deserves, so I love awards like the Dobell prize for drawing.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

Brett Whiteley Painting a Fake

A painting signed by the Australian artist Brett Whiteley that was found in a Hobart rubbish tip recently has proven to be a fake. It had the Brett Whiteley signature and claimed to be painted in 1958.

The painting of a rodeo scene was examined experts at the Art Gallery of NSW and proven to be a recent work that has been artificially aged to make it seem original.Continue Reading

Cy Twombly Painting

It’s always good to see Australia getting some decent art. There’s usually much controversy when any public collection acquires a good painting in Australia. I think it’s one of the better painting they now own.Continue Reading

Self Portrait in the Studio Painting

self portrait in the studio brett whiteley

Self Portrait in the Studio by Brett Whiteley. Painted in 1976.
200.5 x 259 cm or 78.7 x 102 inches
Located at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, Australia.Continue Reading