MAKING A MARK: $100,000 Archibald Prize 2022


The leading prize for portraiture in Australia is The Archibald Prize – which has a very first prize of $100,000.

Interestingly it is really not the a person which has usually experienced the most important prize pot (the Doug Moran Portrait Prize has been even bigger in the past)  but it really is definitely the a person which draws in international remark.

The Archibald Prize for portrait portray is the country’s favorite and most sizeable artwork award. Considering the fact that 1921, it has highlighted figures from all walks of lifestyle, from renowned faces to regional heroes, reflecting back to us the tales of our instances.

Portraits have to be submitted with a signed statement from the sitter confirming that they have performed at least a single sitting with the artist. A rule which looks a very wise a person to me and just one which could be introduced into some other portrait competitions to relieve us of the “I only paint from pics” cadre of portrait painters. 

I like to maintain an eye on it as just about every year (see listing of past posts down below) it provides floor-breaking interpretations of what modern portraiture must seem like. I are not able to very function out whether or not this is because 

  • Either all the finalists are persons living in Australia 
  • OR the Judges of main Portrait Prizes in other places in the globe have a a great deal much more standard notion of what contemporary portraiture should appear like

If the (bound to have a new sponsor) Portrait Prize which will presumably at some phase exhibit all over again at the Nationwide Portrait Gallery in London wishes a “refresh” then it could do a good deal far better than import the Judges of the Archibald Prize to settle the problem…..

That stated I’m a little underwhelmed by the finalists in this year’s exhibition – and whilst there are a substantial quantity that are “different”, there’s very couple of which stand out as remaining a slash higher than.

Here is a pair which do. 

Portrait of Peter Wegner by Hong Fu
oil on canvas, 152.7 x 152.7 cm


Wegner and Fu have known each and every other for 20 yrs. ‘We each live in Nillumbik Shire in Victoria and Peter’s wife performs in an art supply store close to my home. They occasionally arrive to my studio and exhibitions, so he trusts me and was happy to be my sitter,’ says Fu.

I selected this one particular on the basis it was a single which made me want to glance closer. How was I to know it was OF previous year’s winner – but I am happy to know that my “I can place a winner” eye still performs. )

The Archibald Prize 2022

The Archibald Prize is awarded every year to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some male or girl distinguished in artwork, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

In effect, it’s like stating here’s somebody who should really be memorialised by way of portraiture as a distinguished Australia who isn’t going to enjoy sport.

This 1 caught my eye – and I appreciated the notion employed for this portrayal – based in both of those relevant culture and artwork background of each sitter and artist.

Yumi Stynes as onna-musha (female samurai) by Yoshio Honjo

normal earth pigments on handmade washi paper

97 x 66 cm

Yumi Stynes is a second-generation Japanese–Australian. She is an writer, broadcaster, tv presenter, foodstuff fanatic, health and fitness fanatic and mom of four. Her podcast Ladies, we need to have to chat, a target on women’s overall health and social problems, airs on ABC Radio.

There have been 816 entries from Australian artists for this prize – worth 

Of these 

  • 20 entries were being from Aboriginal artists
  • 52 portraits have been picked for the exhibition
You can see the will work in the exhibition on this web page of the AGNWS web-site. There is certainly no slideshow it is really on of people really annoying click on the pic to see a more substantial graphic and then click on out once more to get again to the finalists webpage the place you then move to the future a single you extravagant a closer seem at. I do want we received a slideshow of the much larger visuals as an solution…..
The Archibald Prize 2022 Exhibition is becoming held, as normally, at the Artwork Gallery of New South Wales (in Sydney) involving 14th May well and 28th August 2022.

The winner will be announced tomorrow (13th May perhaps). You can even watch 

Enjoy the livestream of the winners announcement from 12 noon on Friday 13 May well.

Just bear in thoughts that’s 3am on Friday early morning in London!

The Packing Space Prize

The Packing Place Prize is a $3000 money prize awarded to the very best entry in the Archibald Prize as judged by the Artwork Gallery staff members who get, unpack and dangle the entries, including head packer Brett Cuthbertson, who holds 52 p.c of the vote.

The Packing Place Prize has now been selected and you can see the quasi 3D winner beneath

Taika Waititi by Claus Stangl

acrylic on canvas

245 x 195.1 cm

Past posts about the Archibald Prize



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