The Archibald Prize is turning 102 this year. Highlighting portraits of figures from all walks of life as represented through the eyes, skills and paintbrushes of Australian artists, the finalists for this year’s award include portraits of names like Archie Roach, Montaigne, Daniel Johns, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, Zoe Terakes, Atong Atem, and more.
This year’s award follows an auspicious year for the Archibald. In 2022 the $100,000 prize was awarded to Blak Douglas for Moby Dickens, his portrait of friend artist Karla Dickens. It was the first time the prize has been awarded to a First Nations artist for a portrait of a fellow First Nations artist, and only the second time an Aboriginal artist has won, following Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira’s 2020 win for his self-portrait with Adam Goodes.
The Archibald coincides with the Wynne Prize, awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, as well as the Sulman Prize, given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.
Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales judge the Archibald and Wynne, and invite an artist to judge the Sulman. All entries are now on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Of the 2348 entries across the three prizes, 143 have been selected as finalists. And for the first time in the Archibald Prize’s history there are more women artists than men among the 57 finalists.
Curious art fans can visit the exhibition to vote for their favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before entries close on August 6. They can also see the work of budding artists aged 5–18 on display from the Young Archie portrait competition.
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