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.

Archibald Prize Winner 2009

The 2009 Doug Moran portrait prize winner is Ben Quilty for his portrait of the singer Jimmy Barnes, titled There But For The Grace Of God Go I No. 2. Quilty collected $150,000 for his entry.

Moran Prize Winner 2009

The Archibald finalists can be seen here and the Doug Moran finalists can be found here.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Via the Internet I am reminded daily just how many artists must walk this planet. A good example is found within the links provided here in this post. Mind you these are just two excellent sources of what must be many links to view what Australia alone has to offer in gifted artisans. Some pieces I viewed I salivated over. Just the tip of the iceberg across the planet, but for today I am thankful to have viewed some really nice work via those links, thanks.

  2. Youre right, there’s just so many good artists out there. I used to think I knew of most good artists around the world when I was at art school because I spent so much time looking at art books and magazines, but I quickly realized that I didnt know that much at all.

    Most countries have a bunch of good artists that will rarely ever be mentioned outside of their homeland.

  3. Yuk!

    In fact double yuk!


  1. […] For more details and an entry form, see the Moran Prizes website here. The portrait prize judge this year, Ben Quilty won in 2009. […]

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