Saturday, March 16, 2013

Finalists for The Archibald Prize 2013 + The Packing Room Prize

The names of the artists selected for the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes have been announced and you can now see images of the artwork selected for exhibition on the website of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Archibald finalists 2013 - There were 868 entries for The Archibald Prize 2013 ($75,000) - now in its 92nd year - for the Best Portrait Painting preferably of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics. (2012: 839 entries; 2011: 708 entries)
  • Wynne Finalists 2013 - There were 773 entries for The Wynne Prize ($35,000) for Best Landscape Painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture - marginally down on last year (2012: 783 entries; 2011: 712 entries) I'll be covering this in more detail on The Art of the Landscape blog
  • Sulman Finalists 2013 - There were 626 entries for The Sulman Prize $30,000 for Best Subject Painting, Genre Painting or Mural Project by an Australian artist in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.  Entries were somewhat down on last year (2012: 654 entries 2011: 561 entries).   
Selected finalists for Archibald Prize 2013

There are 39 finalists for the Prize - who are all listed below. The winner of the $75,000 prize will be announced next Friday, March 22.
  • click the link in the name to see their artwork on their personal website or at their gallery
  • click the link in the title of their selected artwork to see the page devoted to that artwork
  • Where I spot a blog this is listed as the third link
One of the things I like about this portrait competition is it doesn't have the very limiting criteria  associated with the BP Portrait as to permissable art media.  Also I always note that this competition seems to produce more imaginative responses to the requirement to create a portrait.  It's always a pleasure reviewing the exhibition - which you can do below)

Archibald Prize Finalists 

Abdul Abdullah - The Man

Del Kathryn Barton - Hugo (won the 2008 Archibald Prize with a self-portrait with her two children. This year's painting is watercolour, gouache and acrylic on canvas)

Jason Benjamin - Fight Club 

Natasha Bieniek - Application (also a finalist in 2012 - plus it's worth noting this artist paints small - the 2013 portrait is 9cm x 9cm)

Julia Ciccarone - Portrait of Nicholas Jones

Peter Daverington - The patriot: self-portrait with Albino Joey

Julie Dowling - Wilfred Hicks

McLean Edwards - Glenn Barkley, curator  McLean has previously been an Archibald Prize finalist in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010.

John Emmerig - Gageler

Vincent Fantauzzo - Love face  He has previously been an Archibald finalist in 2008, 2009 and 2011

Warwick Gilbert - Don Walker

Mertim Gokalp - Derwish: a portrait of Bille Brown

Paul Jackson - Jo

With deadpan humour and irreverence, Lindeman’s work wryly addresses issues surrounding cultural meaning and the commodification of art.

Mathew Lynn - Tara Moss Winner of the Packing Room Prize 2013

Amanda Marburg - Ken Done  (I've got a Ken Done print on the wall behind where I'm sitting!)

Joshua McPherson - Portrait of Ella

Archibald Prize Finalists 
Guy Morgan - Guy Morgan with Peter Pan after retinal detachment

Carlo Pagoda - Habit de jardinier

James Powditch - Ben Quilty, where is my mind? (after the Pixies)

Sally Ryan - Dr Catherine Hamlin AC (MBBS FRCS FRANICOG FRCOG)

Wendy Sharpe - Anything goes (Venus vamp – burlesque star)

Heidi Yardley - Self-portrait: harlequin (Blog: Heidi Yardley

Joshua Yeldham - Self-portrait: Morning Bay

Michael Zavros - Bad dad

Winner of the Packing Room Prize:
Tara Moss by Mathew Lynn

oil on linen, 
214 x 107 cm
The Packing Room Prize 2013

Nobody who wins the Packing Room Prize ever wins the Archibald prize - but that didn't stop the Packing room staff and their Chair - Steve Peters, the Gallery’s storeman (with 51% of the votes - so what he says matters!) - from deciding who should win this year's Prize of $1000 cash and a $500 ANZVisa debit card.

This is the 22nd year of a prize awarded by the Gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang all the entries.

The winner is Mathew Lynn's portrait in oils of  Tara Moss

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