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

Ben Quilty’s Car Paintings

Very few artists have pulled off a good painting of a car. It’s kind of like painting a smile, they just don’t seem to work. The closest to pulling off a good smile would be Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, but even that is more of a smirk than a smile.Continue Reading