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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.

“We love celebrating these historic moments as part of the Australia Post Stamp Program and we look forward to seeing many more iconic works featured in future Archibald Prizes.” Continue reading AUSTRALIA POST MARKS ARCHIBALD PRIZE CENTENARY WITH THREE NEW STAMPS



This image: Rembrandt
‘Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul’ 1661 (detail)
Banner Image: Mrs Roslyn Packer and Ms Gretel Packer in the Victorian watercolours exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Photo: Diana Panuccio, AGNSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has honoured three generations of Packer family support by naming its major temporary exhibition gallery, currently displaying Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, the Packer Family Gallery.

http://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/rembrandt-dutch-golden-age-art-gallery-new-south-wales/ Continue reading AGNSW HONOURS PACKER FAMILY SUPPORT


Daniel Boyd next to his Bvlgari Award winning painting. Pic Jenni Carter
Daniel Boyd next to his Bvlgari Award winning painting. Pic Jenni Carter

Prolific artist Daniel Boyd has taken out this year’s Bvlgari Art Award with his magnificent painting UNTITLED 2014. This was announced at a function held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Tuesday 15th April.

This prestigious award, which includes a $50,000 painting acquisition for the Art Gallery and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000, is selected by the Gallery’s Trustees, its director Dr Michael Brand, and head curator of Australian art Wayne Tunnicliffe.

Bvlgari, famous creators of jewelry founded in Rome in 1884, have sponsored this award for the last three years and have kindly announced their support for the next three years, encouraging new young artists.

Daniel Boyd was born 31 years ago, a Kudjla/Gangalu man from Cairns in far north Queensland.  He studied at the Canberra School of Art and has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since 2005 with solo exhibitions almost every year.

Boyd’s great, great paternal grandfather was born in Pentecost Island in Vanuatu and later brought to the sugarcane fields in Queensland as a slave.  The many South Sea islanders there received virtually no pay under harsh conditions and little recognition for their contribution.

Boyd’s love of his ancestral history and focus on the ethics of colonisation, have dominated his recent and current work.  UNTITLED 2014 has been created from a small photograph of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu.  Over Boyd’s essentially black and white, oil, pastel and archival glue painting of a family in distant bush, is a veil of transparent dots, giving the effect of history lost.  This invokes an eerie sense of spirituality, which connects us to a time long gone.  It is this need of Boyd’s to reach back through history that gives his paintings such power.  They seem both contemplative and evocative.

UNTITLED 2014 is worth going to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see and experience.  Congratulations to Daniel Boyd, this award is definitely well deserved.