Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize Winners 2018 - Art Collector

Kaylene Whiskey, Kaylene TV. Acrylic on linen, 76 x 101cm. Courtesy of the artist and AGNSW.

Last week the winners of the annual Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman Prizes were announced at The Art Gallery of NSW.

Now only three years shy from its centenary year, the well-known and coveted Archibald Prize is awarded to the best portrait painting. Five-time Archibald finalist Yvette Coppersmith took out the $100,000 prize for her work Self-portrait after George Lambert. The artist spoke of the day she heard the news, “my mind was scrambling to integrate the surreal news about something that’s been 20 years in the making. I’m still trying to fathom it!” The self-portrait was named the prize in what can be dubbed as the year of ‘selfies’, with Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand commenting that there were almost double the number of self-portraits this year than in recent years. Vincent Namatjira’s entry Studio self-portrait was Highly Commended.

The Wynne Prize, established in 1897, is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery or the best example of figure sculpture. This year, the $50,000 prize, went to Yukultji Napangati for Untitled. Of the work, the artist said “This painting is associated with Yunala, a rock hole and soakage water site among sandhills west of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. During ancestral times a group of women camped at this site. While at Yunala, the women camped beside the rock hole, digging for the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear vine (Marsdenia australis), also known as yunala.”

Yvette Coppersmith, Self-portrait, after George Lambert. Oil and acrylic on linen, 132 x 112cm. Courtesy of the artist and AGNSW.

The Sir John Sulman Prize is annually awarded to the most outstanding subject painting, genre painting or mural project, and this year the judging panel included multimedia artist Angela Tiatia. The third female winner of the night was Kaylene Whiskey who painted Cher and Dolly Parton in a piece titled Kaylene TV.

Yukultji Napangati, Untitled. Acrylic on linen, 244.5 x 183cm. Courtesy of the artist and AGNSW.

The winning artworks and those of competing finalists will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 9 September 2018.

Alisha Brown

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