Who is competing for the $100,000 Archibald Portrait Prize? Below are some of the highlights from this year’s 51 finalists announced today.
But one winner has been announced already. The $1500 Packing Room Prize is decided by the Art Gallery of NSW’s packing room staff led by head packer, Steve Peters, who gets 51% of the vote and the final say — a position of power he’s held for 25 years.
Peters and his staff can usually be relied on to choose a subject who’s a well-known celebrity — and this year it’s Masterchef host George Calombaris in a painting by Betina Fauvel-Ogden. That painting (see below) is also one of the finalists in the Archibald Prize.
Among the 51 finalists (from over 800 entries) are portraits of comedians, actors, artists and art dealers.
One of the nominees is Lewis Miller who has now notched up 18 Archibald nominations including one win in 1998. Miller’s entry this year is of retired judge Bernie Teague. Miller was the recent host of a Daily Review portrait painting Masterclass, aptly titled ‘Aiming for Archibald’.
Peter Wegner who hosted the July 9 Daily Review Making Your Mark Drawing Masterclass was nominated for his portrait of the esteemed artist John Wolseley.
You can see all shortlisted works at the Art Gallery of NSW from July 16 and here.