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
Each year the Archibald Packing Room Prize is awarded by the gallery workers who receive and hang the works at the Art Gallery of NSW. The 2014 winner has gone to Tim Storrier for his portrait of Barry Humphries dressed as his character Sir Les Patterson.
I have never picked a winner before but that doesn’t stop me from having a say. I’ll choose two from each prize.. first and second places.
To be honest, I thought the Archibald and Sulman prize entries this year were pretty ordinary, but there were probably 4 or 5 paintings in the Wynne that are possible winners. The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prize exhibitions will open at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney on the 19th of July and will run through to the 28th of September. See all the 2014 finalists at the gallery website here.