Portrait prizes wrap: Doug Moran, Artists' Self-Portrait and Rick Amor winners - Art Collector

Nigel Milsom, Uncle Paddy. Courtesy: the artist and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Sydney

30 October 2013 | There have been several key portrait prizes announced this week.

In Sydney, the 25th Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was won by Nigel Milsom for his work
Uncle Paddy, pictured above. He receives $150,000 and his work will join the Moran Arts Foundation Collection. He is currently serving a six year sentence for robbing a convenience store last year.

The judging panel for this year's award was Daniel Thomas, art historian and art museum curator, and artist Ben Quilty. The Moran Prizes Exhibition, which includes the portrait prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, is currently on display at Juniper Hall in Paddington until the end of the year.

Nell, Summer, 2012. Digital video, 3 mins, edition of 10. Courtesy: the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

The fourth biennial National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize has been won by Nell for her video work Summer, stills shown above, that documents her destroying a previous work.

The National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize is an invitation only award that highlights the artistic importance of self portraiture. This year's award was curated by Samatha Littley, curator at the University of Queensland Art Museum. It was judged by Blair French, curatorial and digital assistant director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Other artists invited to exhibit in this year's award include Textaqueen, Alexander Seton, Yhonnie Scarce, Fiona Foley, Adrienne Doig, Eugenia Raskopoulos and Michael Lindeman. The exhibition is on display at the University of Queensland Art Museum until 16 February 2014.

Tom Alberts in front of his winning Winter Self Portrait. Courtesy: the artist, Kerry Cross and Montsalvat, Melbourne

Tom Alberts has won the inaugural Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize for his Winter Self Portrait, shown in the background above.

The $20,000 award is sponsored by noted Australian artist Rick Amor, and was judged by artist Lewis Miller.

The exhibition showcases Albert's winning work alongside 30 other shortlisted works, including self portraits from Yvette Coppersmith and Michael Armstrong. It is on display at Barn Gallery, located on the grounds of artist colony Monstalvat at the entrance of the Yarra Valley in Melbourne, until 5 January 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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