Who is your favourite artist in this years Archibald Prize?

Always wanted to enter your best art work in the Archibald Prize? Or just like to see the best on offer? Here is a round up of this years art prize.

The Archibald Prize is in its 94th year and our nation’s most prestigious and controversial portrait competition carries prize money of $100,000. Forty-seven finalists made the cut and are currently on show at the Art Gallery of NSW. Haven’t made it to the Art Gallery of NSW this year? Here is a round of of the best on show. 

Did you know?
JF Archibald (1856-1919) who created this art prize was a journalist, not an artist. He served as a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and was also the founder of the Bulletin magazine in 1880 (considered a ‘radical journal’ at the time). Archibald famously shunned having his photo taken yet after his death the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW commissioned a portrait of him.

So, why is Archibald the name behind the most famous portrait prize in our nation? He commissioned a portrait of Australian poet Henry Lawson by the Melbourne portrait artist John Longstaff for 50 guineas. So delighted with the result, Archibald willed money after his death to create an annual Australian portrait competition - the Archibald Prize which is still delighting us today.

And the winner is…
Judo house pt 6 (the white bird)
oil on linen
Nigel Milsom’s subject is barrister Charles Waterstreet. The two men have known each other all their lives.

“I was born in Albury around the corner from the Waterstreet Hotel, owned and managed by his parents. On Friday afternoons, my father used to sell them freshly caught Murray cod to earn extra money for materials he needed to complete a boat he was building at home, which later sank to the bottom of the Murray River during its maiden voyage one freezing afternoon.

My relationship with Charlie took on more significance a few years ago when he represented me and in the pursuit of justice stood up to what seemed an unfair, impenetrable brick wall. He put his head on the chopping block and restored my faith in the legal system. My portrait is an attempt to depict him as a giant: part-man, part-mythical creature with hands that appear otherworldly, as though the anatomy of his hands has been designed to grasp unnatural disasters, naturally.”

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Packing room prize winner
Portrait of Michael Caton by Bruno Jean Grasswill
oil on canvas
The infamous prize - voted democratically by the staff who handle the paintings on the floor since 1991 - was won this year by Buno Jean Grasswill for an oil on canvas portrait of much-loved actor Michael Caton who has starred in The Castle and most recently Last Cab to Darwin.

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Portrait of Jenny Kee by Carla Fletcher, finalist
mixed media on linen

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Portrait of David Fairbairn by Tony Costa, finalist
oil on canvas

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Portrait of Alice Fraser by Adam Alcorn, finalist
oil on linen

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Portrait of Tim Bonyhady by Andrew Sayers, finalist
oil on canvas

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To explore the history of the Archibald Prize and a gorgeous gallery of past winners since 1921 click here.

To see all 2015 finalists click here.

Tickets: $15 adults, $12 concession
Location: Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, 2000, Sydney, NSW tel: 1800 679 278
Open: every day 10am until 5pm. On Wednesdays until 10pm
In gallery: until 27th September 2015

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