Armed Robber Steals $150,000 Moran Art Prize

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Like my title? I should have a job writing headlines for newspapers. Shocking, catchy, truth stretcher, offensive, etc. But seriously, the Australian artist Nigel Milsom who is currently serving a 6 year prison sentence for armed robbery has won the $150,000 Moran portrait prize for his painting of Uncle Paddy.Continue Reading

Moran Prizes in Australia

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Entries close on the 25th of this month for the Moran prizes in Australia. It’s one of the more popular art competitions around with a total of $300,000 up for grabs. The prizes include the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes. Painter Ben Quilty will be one of the judges for the portrait prize, so I’m thinking if you do painterly paintings you probably should enter.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

Doug Moran Prize Winner 2008 – Fiona Lowry

Another notable portrait prize in Australia has announced their winners for 2008. The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize winner was Fiona Lowry for her naked self portrait “What I Assume You Shall Assume”

The 34 year old first time entrant Fiona Lowry received $100,000 for her winning entry. The Doug Moran portrait prize is Australia’s richest portrait prize and now has a total prize pool of $210,000.

While the prize money is twice that of the Archibald prize, it just doesn’t seem to get as much love from the mainstream media. Perhaps they need a few controversies to get the media talking. Controversy seems to work for the Archibald prize.Continue Reading