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See The Inspiring Finalists Of The 2022 Archibald Prize

Art

Australia’s oldest and, arguably, most popular art prize returns in 2022 for its 101 year!

From an impressive 816 entries, 52 finalists for the Archibald Prize have been announced. This year saw the highest number of entries from Aboriginal artists, with 20 being represented, and the highest number of Aboriginal finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes overall (27!) 

Below are some of our favourites of the incredible finalists, and don’t forget to look out for the winner announcement next Friday!

5th May, 2022

‘At the British Museum’ by Michael Zavros. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Dylan Alcott, AOTY’, by Felix von Dallwitz. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Self-portrait with dingo’ by Vincent Namatjira. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Dear Brett (the blue room)’ by Natasha Walsh. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Liz Laverty’ by Richard Lewer. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Ella Simons’ by Yvette Coppersmith. Photo – Jenni Carter for AGNSW.

‘Helen Garner speaks French’ by Katherine Hattam. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Patrick Corrigan OA, with Rosie’ by Noel McKenna. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Bridie Gillman’ by Keith Burt. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Yumi Stynes as onna-musha (female samurai)’ by Yoshio Honjo. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Sally Scales’ by Tsering Hannaford. Photo – Jenni Carter for AGNSW.

‘Untitled (AAO)’ by Daniel Boyd. (Sitter: OneFour) Photo – Felicity Jenkins for AGNSW.

‘John and the light of ultramarine’ by Dapeng Liu. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Moby Dickens’ by Blak Douglas. (Sitter: Karla Dickens) Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Taika Waititi’ by Claus Stangl. Photo – Felicity Jenkins for AGNSW.

‘OA’ by HEGO (sitter: Reko Rennie). Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Venus’ by Jordan Richardson. (Sitter: Benjamin Law) Photo – Felicity Jenkins for AGNSW.

‘McManusstan’ by Joanna Braithwaite. (Sitter: Sally McManus) Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

‘Romance is LOVE’ by Meagan Pelham. Photo – Jenni Carter for AGNSW.

‘Patricia Piccinini’ by Natasha Bieniek. Photo – Mim Stirling for AGNSW.

Bea Taylor
Thursday 5th May 2022

Now in its 101st year, the Archibald Prize has cemented itself as Australia’s oldest and most celebrated art award. 

Last year’s record number of 938 entries proved tricky to match, however an impressive 816 artists submitted their works, among which were 20 Aboriginal artists – a record number of entries to date. In another first, this year also saw the highest number of Aboriginal finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes overall. 

This year’s Packing Room Prize was awarded to Claus Stangl, for his 3D-style portrait of New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi. 

‘I wanted to create a portrait that captured Taika’s sense of humour and to execute it in a playful cinematic style, reminiscent of the 1970s and ‘80s that were playing when he was a child,’ says Claus. ‘This piece is part portrait and part performance – an apt execution for a man who is as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it.’ 

Other portraits of prominent subjects include Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, artists Patricia Piccinini and Reko Rennie, and author Benjamin Law as Venus.

The Archibald Prize 2020 winner, Western Aranda man Vincent Namatjira, is back this year (for the fifth time!) with a vibrant self portrait, inspired by classic royal portraiture.

Another past winner, Yvette Coppersmith, is also among the finalists with her beautiful portrait of climate activist and high school student Ella Simons.

Other TDF favourites include Natasha Walsh’s self portrait, eight-time finalist Tsering Hannaford’s painting of artist and activist Sally Scales, Michael Zavros’ self portrait at the British Museum and Daniel Boyd’s portrait of hip-hop group OneFour.

The winner of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes will be announced Friday May 13th.

The shortlisted works will be on exhibition at Art Gallery New South Wales from Saturday May 14 to August 28, after which it will travel to six regional galleries in NSW and Victoria from September. 

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