Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize winners announced - Art Collector

The 2015 Archibald Prize winning portrait by Nigel Milsom.

By Emily Cones-Browne

The highly anticipated 2015 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize winners have been announced.

This year’s Archibald Prize winner Nigel Milsom won with his
Judo house pt 6 (the white bird) painting of barrister Charles Waterstreet. The Newcastle-based artist said the subject matter stemmed from his relationship with the barrister, who legally represented Milsom: “He put his head on the chopping block and restored my faith in the legal system”.

“My portrait is an attempt to depict him as a giant: part-man, part-mythical creature with hands that appear otherworldly, as though the anatomy of his hands has been designed to grasp unnatural disasters, naturally”, says the artist.

The 2015 Wynne Prize was awarded to Melbourne-based artist Natasha Bieniek for her miniature oil painting
Biophilia. Recognised as the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, the work explores the way humans relate to the natural world.

“Biophilia literally means ‘love of life’ and references a scientific study that suggests our tendency to affiliate with nature is inherent and integral to our psychological and physical development”, says Bieniek of her winning work.

Jason Phu won the 2015 Sulman Prize with his understated work
I was at yum cha when in rolled the three severed heads of Buddha: Fear, Malice and Death, described as “masterful in the beautiful and sometimes strident way it uses line and watercolour” by 2015 Sulman Prize judge Lindy Lee.

“There is a genuine humour which comes from a very deep place ‒ telling a story of transitions between one culture to another. The humour is quirkily Australian larrikin and cheeky Chinese, for instance in the comical juxtaposition of the ashtray next to the chopstick and the chunky, unglamorous and affectionate painting of the heads”, says the prize judge.

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here to view the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize database of winners and shortlisted artists.

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