The Best of the Archibald Prize 2009

28 Feb


A line-up of 39 portraits was unveiled at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Wednesday, as the countdown to the annual Archibald Prize got under way. The Archibald Prize is administered by the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and awarded for “the best portrait, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics, painted by an artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the pictures.” The Archibald Prize is one of the most popular annual art exhibitions in Australia and continures to chronicle the changing face of Australian society. Pictured above is the portrait of young actor Brandon Walters, fresh from starring alongside Nicole Kidman in Australia, by Vincent Fantauzzo, who last year won the Peoples Choice with his portrait of Heath Ledger.

There is always one painting that causes controversy at the Archibald Prize. This year it is a self-portrait by Brisbane artist Michael Zavros. His self-portrait “skull” depicting sunglasses for eyes, shoes for a nose and cologne bottles for teeth has many traditional beret wearing types asking how it made the cut. But, if there was a prize for the best painting title – I’d give it to Anthony Bennett for Self-portrait in the bathroom discussing beauty, Bukowski and Brett Whiteley with my ex, now a stripper, who likes to dress as Wonder Woman.

Check out these entries and more from the 2009 Archibald finalists in the gallery below:


One Response to “The Best of the Archibald Prize 2009”


  1. The Archibald Prize 2010 « Record | Preserve | Share - March 30, 2010

    […] See some of my favourite portraits from this years finalists below. You can also get a taste of some of last years entries here. […]

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