2010 Dobell Prize goes to Suzanne Archer - Art Collector

Susan Archer, Derangement. Courtesy: the artist

8 November 2010 | Suzanne Archer is the winner of the 2010 Dobell Prize for Drawing for her work Derangement.

Suzanne Archer, a painter, sculptor, printmaker and teacher, was awarded $25,000 for a self-portrait in her studio.

This year’s judge was Alun Leach-Jones, a Sydney-based painter, draughtsman, sculptor and printmaker.

Leach-Jones says the winning work “is expressive, darkly poetic and full of drama. There is an ambiguous narrative, alive with vivid and sinister images that are depictive, symbolic and metaphoric. The subject of drawing is drawing itself. Suzanne Archer’s winning work clearly shows her awareness of this profound aspect of the art of drawing – regardless of its apparent subject matter.”

The Dobell Prize attracted 635 entries this year of which 45 are included in the exhibition, which is open until 30 January 2011 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Aarna Hanley

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