This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

2018 Wynne Prize Finalists

Art

After our roundup of 2018 Archibald Prize finalists last week, we’re back with the shortlist for its sister-award, The Wynne.

Each year, The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best depiction of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture. Here we showcase some of the remarkable landscape paintings from the high-profile lineup.

9th May, 2018

Marcus Wills; ‘Third person’, oil on wood, 25x35cm. Photo – Felicity Jenkins, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

Sally Willbanks’ ‘Frogs Holla’, oil on canvas, 127x158cm, and Rachel Milne’s ‘Next door’, oil on board, 31.5×36.5cm. Photos – Mim Stirling, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW. Please note artworks are not pictured to scale.

Naomi Kantjuriny, Mona Mitakiki and Tjimpayi Presley’s ‘Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters story)’, acrylic on linen
301x122cm. Photo – Felicity Jenkins, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

Katie Daniels’ ‘Before they all came true’ oil on linen board 37x47cm, and John Olsen‘s ‘The tree of life’ oil on canvas 152x182cm. Photos – Felicity Jenkins, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW. Please note artworks are not pictured to scale.

Philip Edwards, ‘Glory be, water tree’, watercolour and mixed media on paper 121.5×96.5cm. Photo – Mim Stirling, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

Robert Malherbe’s ‘Arcadia Road, Blackheath’ oil on linen, 64×53.5cm. Photo – Felicity Jenkins, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

Maringka Baker’s ‘Minyma kutjara tjukurpa’, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 200×243.5cm, and Joshua Yeldham’s ‘Bay of sorrow – Hawkesbury River’, acrylic on hand-carved linen paper, 209×208.5cm. Photo –Mim Stirling, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

William Mackinnon‘s ‘The lucky country?’ acrylic, oil and enamel on linen, two panels 201x300cm overall. Photo – Mim Stirling, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

Stephanie Monteith’s ‘Backyard’, oil on board, 37x82cm. Photo – Felicity Jenkins, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

Yurpiya Lionel’s ‘Anumara’, acrylic on linen, 122x200cm. Photo – Mim Stirling, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW.

Elle Murrell
Wednesday 9th May 2018

A trio of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes are set to be awarded later this week, and we’re on the edge of our seats awaiting the impending announcements! In anticipation, today we’re showcasing some of the most remarkable landscape paintings from the 2018 Wynne Prize.

This year, 46 Wynne Prize finalists have been chosen from 695 entries, and are now in the running for the $50,000 award.

Though it’s a little less-hyped than The Archibald, The Wynne is actually Australia’s oldest art prize; established following a bequest by Richard Wynne, it was first awarded in 1897.

Like The Archibald, the Wynne is also judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, who will reveal their verdict on Friday, May 12th.

The Wynne is an open competition, and so makes for a richly varied line-up of artworks. This year there are canvases by prolific painters John Olsen and Ray Ken. You may also notice Ibizian bunker-based Aussie artist William Mackinnon’s name pops up again – he’s shortlisted for both The Wynne and Archibald this year, along with four other polymath painters: Robert Malherbe, Stephanie Monteith, James Powditch and Marcus Wills.

In 2018, there are also 17 works by Indigenous artists, following on from Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands artist Betty Kuntiwa Pumani’s ‘Antara’ taking out the prize in 2017, and the Amata-based Ken Family’s collaborative canvas ‘Seven Sisters’ winning in 2016.

You can view all finalists for the 2018 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at Artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/archibald-wynne-sulman-prizes-2018/

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018
May 12th to September 19th
Major Exhibition Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery Road, Domain, New South Wales.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Art

2018 Archibald Prize Finalists Unveiled

Showcasing some of the finalists of Australasia’s most prestigious portraiture award.
Elle Murrell

Art

In the Running for the Wynne

A look at the amazing landscape paintings shortlisted for The 2017 Wynne Prize.

Art

Art From An Ibizan Bunker · William MacKinnon's 'Twin Palms'

The Australian painter previews his latest exhibition, inspired by a recent architectural pilgrimage to the U.S.
Camilla Wagstaff

This Week

Homes

A Home Of Joy and Light, With Alex McCabe Of Kip&Co

Explore the bright, effervescent home of Alex McCabe and family, in St Kilda.

News

Mercedes me Achieves carboNZero Certification

The Mercedes me Melbourne cafe and event space has been recognised for their ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Art

7 Women Shaking Up The Australian Art Scene

The trailblazing artists making their own unique mark on Australia's creative landscape. 
Elle Murrell

Tiny Homes

This Home Transforms Neglected Housing Stock Into Micro Luxury!

The 'tiny home' phenomenon continues... explore the Type Street Apartment from Tsai Design.
Miriam McGarry

Art

10 Unmissable Art Exhibitions of 2019

Our pick of not-to-be-missed art exhibitions for 2019, Australia wide – clear the calendar!
Miriam McGarry

The Tools I Use

The Tools I Use · Phillip Withers

We go behind-the-scenes and inside the toolkit with legendary local landscape designer, Phillip Withers!
Sally Tabart
  11 hours ago

News

Stephen Baker Adds A New Panel To His Iconic Fitzroy Pool Mural

Pool Parade gets an update from the legendary Melbournian artist!
Sally Tabart

Food

Lucy's Extra Special Potato Salad

A fancy, French-style potato salad with all the trimmings!
Lucy Feagins

News

Huge Names Added To The 'All About Women' Festival

Including Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff!
Sally Tabart
  3 hours ago

Every Painting Tells A Story

This Painting From 1862 Reveals A Dramatic, Cautionary Tale!

A family loses their fortune in dramatic circumstances, in this captivating work from the National Gallery of Australia's 'Love & Desire' ex...

Art

This Exhibition Is A Tribute To New York Museum Wanderings

Sydney-born, New York-based artist Adriana Picker returns to her home city to unveil 'Vases from the MET' in Paddington this week.
Miriam McGarry
  3 hours ago

Interiors

An Elegant Makeover Of A Classic California Bungalow

Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors takes us inside her renovation of a 1930's California Bungalow in Melbourne’s Glen Iris.
Elle Murrell

News

Elka Collective's Calming New Flagship Store

Pairing luxe, natural materials with a soft colour palette, this fashion retailer’s new store reflects its brand ethos.
Sally Tabart

Modernist Australia

A Home Where Summer Holidays Never End, And It's For Sale

A miracle confluence of premier Victorian beach town, and preeminent Victorian architect Guilford Bell, designed in 1973.
Patricia Callan

News

What To Do On Your Next Summer Roadtrip

Bush Heritage Australia remind us what to consider (and what’s at stake if we don’t) as we venture outdoors.
Elle Murrell

Similar Stories

Art

2018 Archibald Prize Finalists Unveiled

Showcasing some of the finalists of Australasia’s most prestigious portraiture award.
Elle Murrell

Art

In the Running for the Wynne

A look at the amazing landscape paintings shortlisted for The 2017 Wynne Prize.

Art

Art From An Ibizan Bunker · William MacKinnon's 'Twin Palms'

The Australian painter previews his latest exhibition, inspired by a recent architectural pilgrimage to the U.S.
Camilla Wagstaff