The Archibald Prize

Another week goes by with out a post.  I feel very guilty but have the excuse of flu, and a trip to Bendigo on Monday and Tuesday.  The main reason for going was to visit the Archibald prize exhibition which has moved, for one year only, outside Melbourne to a country town gallery and the one chosen was Bendigo. It is a celebrated annual prize for the best Australian portrait painting.

Great goldrush town with lots of Victorian splendour left and a beautiful art gallery as well.  The judges winner was the one painting I did not like at all.Barton_235.jpg Del Kathryn Barton self portrait with her two children.  The popular winner in Sydney (last location) was a moody, evocation of Heath LedgerFantauzzo_PC.jpg by Vincent Fantauzzo. No surprise that it got picked both for subject and execution.  I voted for my choice, and any one of four or five could have made it. But I went for a stunning portrait of John Farriss (in a Kylie t-shirt) by Anthony Bennett Bennett.jpg.  The exhibition finishes on Sunday and moves back to NSW.  Such a great little show in a great little location. You can see all the finalist paintings here.

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