A bevvy of woman artists have won all prizes given out during the judging of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes, which are offered annually by the Art Gallery of NSW.
They are all so very different from each other, and cater to many diverse tastes, especially those who enjoy viewing art ‘in the flesh’ so to speak, as a reflection on life.
Melbourne is cheering for first time finalist Louise Hearman who has won the 2016 Archibald Prize, the most prestigious art award in Australia.
“I’m the happiest girl in the world right now!” Hearman said as she received the call this morning from Art Gallery of New South Wales director Michael Brand.
“I have admired Barry Humphries since I was a young girl, and I’m thrilled for him too,” Hearman said.
The Packing Room Prize, announced last week, was also awarded to a woman artist.
First-time Archibald finalist, Betina Fauvel-Ogden received much acclaim for her portrait of George Calombaris.
This year’s Trustees Watercolour Prize went to Leah Bullen for her work Conservatory no 2.
The Archibald Prize winner is decided by the Gallery’s board of trustee and the trust’s vice president, Mark Nelson, said the judging had taken a considerable amount of time.
“There was much deliberation and many worthwhile Archibald contenders, but Louise Hearman’s portrait took centre-stage in the end. It stood out as a portrait that truly captured the spirit of the sitter – she has caught Barry’s sardonic smile brilliantly,” commented Nelson.
Great art informs the present and the future, and it’s interesting to see that her very real warts and all portrait of well known entertainer Barry Humphries, who has been thrilling and tantalising his fans for over half a century, has gained such an accolade.
The Wynne Prize has been won by five (5) sisters from the Ken family – Tjungkara Ken, Yaritji Young, Freda Brady, Maringka Tunkin and Sandra Ken, who collaborated to produce a canvas telling the story of their families and how they live, work and learn together.
“We are very proud to see our painting here in Sydney and to win the Wynne Prize. I am happy to be here with my sisters and for my family in Amata to see our painting win this big award,” said Tjungkara Ken
Esther Stewart was the winner of the 2016 Sulman Prize for her painting Flatland Dreaming, which considers domestic spaces through the dimensions of abstraction and minimalism.
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Today technology is usually an integral part of every show, however it is the physical works that still attract great crowds of people all of whom are wanting to enjoy a great encounter with art.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2014