TarraWarra Museum of Art has announced it will be the exclusive Victorian tour venue for the Archibald Prize 2019, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art award, from 14 September to 5 November 2019.
Presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and ANZ, the annual portrait exhibition provides a snapshot of Australian culture – from politicians and celebrities to sporting heroes and authors. Since its inception in 1921, the prize has been awarded to some of Australia’s most celebrated artists including William Dobell, Brett Whiteley and Del Kathryn Barton.
TarraWarra Museum of Art Director, Victoria Lynn, said, ‘We are delighted that Australia’s most-loved and eagerly anticipated art award, the Archibald Prize, will return again to TarraWarra Museum of Art in 2019, direct from its premiere at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Amongst the 51 works in this year’s exhibition are paintings which portray significant Australian subjects including renowned actor and producer David Wenham by Tessa MacKay; former ballet dancer and director of Queensland Ballet Li Cunxin by Jun Chen; Anh Do’s portrait of the artist George Gittoes; Vincent Namatjira’s tribute to his friend and fellow artist Tony Albert and media commentator Annabel Crabb by Jordan Richardson.
Musician Megan Washington is depicted with her child by Loribelle Spirovski; Keith Burt captures author and journalist Benjamin Law; Bidjigal elder and artist Esme Timbery can be seen in a striking portrait by Blak Douglas; and the late Edmund Capon is poignantly portrayed by artist John Beard.
Other artists in the Archibald Prize 2019 include former Archibald Prize winners Euan Macleod and Nigel Milsom.
Archibald Prize 2019 is on display at TarraWarra Museum of Art, 313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville VIC 3777, from 14 September to 5 November 2019. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit twma.com.au
Winner Packing Room Prize 2019, Tessa MacKay, Through the looking glass, oil on linen, 210 × 330.5 cm, © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling. Sitter: David Wenham – actor.