Sages wins Archibald people's choice - Art Collector

Jenny Sages with her self-portrait After Jack. Courtesy: the artist and AGNSW

28 May 2012 | Jenny Sages has been selected as the public’s favourite in this year’s Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Sages entered a self-portrait titled
After Jack, a reference to her late husband. A previous Archibald entry was titled My Jack, a portrait of her husband in his last year of life.

“Jack’s portrait was very personal and meaningful and I was so deeply in my grief that the idea of painting another portrait seemed trivial … Anything else I would paint for the Archibald seemed trivial to me, hence my self-portrait called after Jack,” she says.

Sages, who has been a finalist in the Archibald 20 times, receives cash and prizes worth $3,500.

Jane O'Sullivan

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