Australia Post is commemorating the centenary of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, with the release of three stamps featuring unforgettable prize-winning portraits from across the decades by artists William Dobell, William Dargie and Del Kathryn Barton.
First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize was established following a bequest from former Art Gallery of NSW trustee and founder of The Bulletin magazine, JF Archibald (1856–1919), whose aim was to foster portraiture and support artists.
Australia Post Group Manager Philatelic Michael Zsolt said the new stamps were a fitting way to honour the annual open competition, which celebrates figures from all walks of life.
“The selected portraits are three of more than 6000 finalist works that have been shown in the Archibald Prize over the last century,” Mr Zsolt said.
First time finalist in the Archibald Prize Anne Middleton has taken out the 2018 ANZ People’s Choice award with her portrait of Australian actor Guy Pearce.
The Melbourne artist’s portrait Guy is her first venture into large-scale portraiture. Middleton said she was intrigued by the depth of emotion in Pearce’s face and wanted to take on the challenge of painting him.
“The entire process of painting this portrait was both daunting and exciting. Guy and I talked about the qualities of tin-type photography and discussed how we could capture a similar sensation of peering into his soul. The scale of the painting was liberating, and I could paint loosely and expressively despite the level of detail.” Continue reading PORTRAIT OF GUY PEARCE WINS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD→
Five-time Archibald finalists Yvette Coppersmith has won the 2018 Archibald Prize and a $100,000 for her work Self Portrait after George Lambert.
In the past 21 years, Coppersmith has experimented widely with style and subject matter but she keeps returning to the self portrait which she says allows her to work from life, with intrense absorption in the painting process.
This image: Michael Brand and David Gonski congratulate indigenous artist Betty Kuntiwa Pumani winner of the Wynne Prize 2017. (Photo: Ben Apfelbaum) Featured Image: Archibald Prize 2017 winner Mitch Cairns with his sitter and partner Agatha Goth-Snape
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.
Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and, Wynne and invite an artist to judge the Sulman. The 2018 judge is Angela Tiatia.
Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes and see the work of budding artists aged 5-18 on display in the Young Archies.
At a media function at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, long time head packer at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Steve Peters has announced that French born artist Bruno Jean Grasswill’s portrait of leading Australian actor Michael Caton as the winner of this years’ Packing Room Prize. Mr Grasswill received $1500 prize money.
Peters told the media gathered that he saw Grasswills’ portrait on the first day that paintings were received at the Gallery and knew straight away that it would be a strong contender for the Prize- ‘it was loud, looked very bright and more importantly it looked just like MIchael Caton.’
Michael Caton was on hand to say a few words. Wittily he congratulated the Gallery’s packing staff for their excellent taste.
The Gallery advises that this year 832 Archibald, 653 Wynne and 518 Sulman entries have been received.
The winners of the Archibald Prize, the Wynne Prize, the Sulman Prize will all be announced at the Gallery on midday on the 17th July. The winner of the Young Archies prize will be announced on the 22nd August.