The Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW

Australia’s highly regarded annual portrait competition is now showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The Face That Stops a Nation – that’s how they’re describing the most anticipated art event of the year, The Archibald Prize.

Now showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until October 22, The Archibald Prize brings together artists of all different skills and genres to create a portrait that captures the essence of their subject.

The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald’s aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.

It’s an enlightening, often controversial, exhibition that has infamously pushed the boundaries of what constitutes a likeness of the model and the medium of painting.

This year has proved no less controversial. The winner of the $100K top gong was the incredible painting of artist Agatha Gothe-Snape by Sydney-based painter Mitch Cairns.

Cairns’ flat, Cubist-like work is an arresting work of art that stands out due to both its process and its palette.

This year, the competition was truly intense with some of the most inspiring figures in current Australian society: Professor Gillian Triggs, Jack Charles, Thomas Wright and Tjungkara Ken’s Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming).

 

The Archibald Prize is now showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until October 22.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Road

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