Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Archies 2014

The Archibald Prize for Portrait Painting is the biggest, most well-known art prize in Australia.
This year's nominees have been hanging in the Art Gallery of NSW for several months. 
At the end of this month they begin their travels around the country, visiting regional galleries, for all to see.

Below are some of my favourites.

Tom Uren by Mirra Whale
Both subject and artist are local identities in my suburb.

Nick Cave by James Powditch
Cate Blanchett by Tim Maguire
Yang Li by Qiang Zhang 
Tam Do by Ahn Do
The Winner!
Penelope Seidler by Fiona Lowry
The Wynne Prize is awarded annually for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’.
The prize was established following a bequest by Richard Wynne, who died in 1895, and first awarded in 1897, in honour of the official opening of the Gallery at its present site.
Gunther at Ease by Tim Kyle
Gum Tree Triptych by Fan Dongwang &
Charcoal (UK Maralinga) by Kate Shaw
 Sir John Sulman Prize.
The Sulman Prize is awarded to the best subject/genre painting and/or mural/mural project done by an artist resident in Australia.
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Cameron Potts
The Final Pieces by John Rea
I'm going through a bit of a blogging slump at the moment, but fortunately I have a few draft posts sitting in the wings for just such emergencies! Please forgive me if I slack off from leaving thoughtful comments in a timely fashion. I will return to normal transmission soon....

This post is part of Saturday Snapshot.


  1. What a superb exhibition. Fabulous paintings.

  2. Amazing paintings! I particularly find the film-related ones fantastic. But the last landscape is utterly awesome, the idea of it. Thanks for posting!

  3. What a wonderful exhibition! Thanks for sharing.

  4. What an awesome exhibit! Thanks for sharing...and I especially loved the paintings of trees. Enjoy your weekend, and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

  5. Thank you for sharing this beautiful artwork. You brightened up a cloudy Saturday morning. I wish I could see the exhibition in person.
    Sandy @Texas Twang

  6. What wonderful paintings, especially the portraits. I am not too sure about the idea of judging one painting against another, but maybe that is just because I would find it an impossible task.

  7. I don't think I'll get to see the Archibald this year, so thanks for this glimpse of it. I've read a couple of articles about Anh Do and his painting recently- is there anything that man can't do? I can't say that the winner does much for me. I do like that last picture with the tiger.


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