Tuesday, May 17, 2011

the archibald, wynne and sulman prizes...this week's de facto top ten

I said to my friends Chris and Terry as they dropped me home after a weekend in Sydney that at least I knew where that weekend had gone. They go fast don't they!
Richard and I caught a lift to Sydney on the weekend to see the first born, whose birthday it is next Saturday, and while we were there took the opportunity to pop into the Art Gallery of NSW...
the winner: margaret olley painted by ben quilty
The main event was the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Our tastes vary a bit...although we both loved the winner...
by andrew mezei
but I love having the eye of a trained artist to tell me more about what I'm seeing...
by deidre but-husaim
...it helps me to appreciate the artists and their work even more than I already do.
by del kathryn barton
Mind you, there are some on display that I think are appalling...and some that were very disturbing...but I'm not showing you any of those. You can look those up yourself and leave me out of it :)
by jaiwei shen
The paintings you've seen in this post so far (and a few more to go) were my favourites from the Archibald Prize (for portraiture). The one you see below was only the size of a matchbox (really!) and the fine detail was painted with a pin...I couldn't believe it.
by natasha bieniek
by sonia kretschmar
The next two are finalists in the Wynne prize (australian scenery or sculpture)...
 by neil frazer
by alexander mackenzie
And finally, a couple from the Sulman Prize (for subject, genre or mural...I'm still trying to work out what that means!)...these made me smile, especially as this next one is called 'royal mount'...I love a bit of smart-alecky whimsy :)
 by joanna braithwaite
I've saved my favourite for last...it's like something out of a wonderful children's book full of tales fantastic isn't it?
by kate bergin
So...there you go. Maybe they're not to your taste, but that's ok I'm sure. Life would be pretty dull if we all liked the same things. I'm still running around like a headless chook with lots of work on at the moment, so this is going to have to be my top ten this week. In lieu of pretty rooms. Still beautiful...just different. Hope you don't mind. If you do, there's always next week!
all images from the art gallery of nsw. Click here to find out more about the prizes and to see all the finalists


  1. Loved seeing these Kerry. Thank you for the synopsis. Art is mysterious. That's what I love about it. Everyone sees something different.

    I saw an exhibit at the Tate Modern in London a few years ago on masturbation. Everything was shrowded in curtains. It was almost juvenile in it's portrayals. The best part was sitting on the bench beside the exhibit and hearing the people talk about it when they left.

  2. Great post Kerry! Such great, inspiring talent out there. The only one here I'm not so keen on is the Barton, she just always looks the same now, like she's cashing in on her popularity. Love the last two the most :)

  3. I love that Margaret Olley portrait. There is such raw honesty in it. Great post Kerry! xx

  4. Ben Quilty is one of my favourite artists, and I love his Margaret Olley portrait...she's the perfect subject for this style of painting too. Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend, lucky you! K xx

  5. I loved visiting art galleries in high school. On the way home, before I got on the bus, I would stop in for a quick 10 minute scan - all by my lonesome. Loved it. Haven't been in one for years now (life gets in the way I guess) so this small selection is so exciting for me. Love the 'royal mount' one .. love the the 'quilty' one .. love the 'birdcage lady' one .. oh, OK, I'll stop right here. Love them all. Thanks Kerry (-:

  6. Hi Kerry,
    WOW ..... what a collection. I think that they all have something beautiful about them. I am often quite in awe of the artist who can portay something so beautifully.
    What a wonderful weekend you had. XXXX

  7. I really enjoyed these Kerry, thanks so much. Enjoy the rest of your week. Emma.

  8. I love the winner, what a great portrait of Margaret Olley. Her still lifes are so beautiful and this is a fitting tribute. Rachaelxx

  9. You gaddabout you! (Very nice seagulls in the last pic.) I'm catching up on my blog reading and armchair travels, and note there is lots of tranquil change going on in your neck of woods. So excited for you and can't wait to see where you head and what you accomplish.

  10. wow, what a collection of different images, so many talented artists with their own way of telling a story

  11. It's hard to pick a favorite, you've posted a great selection! (Royal Mount really tickles me!)

  12. Just fabulous, Kerry - I really appreciate your round-up. I haven't had time to look at any other than Margaret Olley. I think Ben Quilty did a stunning job and his win was well deserved. I agree with Sarah about Kathryn del Barton. And yes, the zebra is brilliant. J x

  13. Such amazing talent...must have been thrilling to see in person!!

  14. Thanks for sharing Kerry...you're showing some incredible art...I adore your selection. The winner of the archibald is amazing. Must go and see it in person :))

    thanks heaps for your blog support it's very much appreciated :))

  15. Kerry what can I love more than art and award winning art at that!

    Excellent showing of genres!

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  16. What an awesome wrap up! I wish I had the time and knowledge to appreciate art more. I know that it moves me and I know that I can't live without it. I know that sometimes I lose time when I'm looking at an artist's work... these things I know. The rest... well, I guess we all say 'I know what I like!' x

  17. wow these pictures are so unique and different... it kinda makes you think!

    happy wednesday!

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