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.
The photographer Belinda Mason won the $50,000 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize with her photograph titled “Four Generations”
Two of the most well known portrait prizes in Australia have been won with self portraits by female artists in 2008, with Del Kathryn Barton winning the Archibald prize.
The Doug Moran prize finalists will be on display at the New South Wales State Library in Sydney until the 4th of May.
I liked the winning portrait by Fiona Lowry, but I thought I should choose my own winner from the 2008 Moran finalists here. It’s a portrait by Nigel Milsom. It ticks a few of the boxes that get me excited about a painting; It looks like a painting (I can see paint!), it creates an emotional response in me, it’s simple, uncomplicated, and a little meloncholy.
Untitled (The Incubating Period) by Nigel Milsom