Archive for the Archibald Prize Tag

You are what is most beautiful about me. Really?

I came across some new work of Del Kathryn Barton’s this week which I will talk about in another post at another time. But it reminded me of her 2008 Archibald winning portrait and I thought it was worth pulling apart some of the ideas contained within it. What is of interest to me in this piece, apart from the
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Peck, M. Fighter pilot #5 (detail). 2011

Michael Peck and his children of war

Just as I declared I would seek out portraits of mothers with their painted children, I came across a father and his painted children. And I found my own opinions well challenged. Everybody knows men don’t paint portraits of their kids – they paint the big names, the politicians, the sports stars, kings and queens – and they leave the
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Nora Heysen and her blue-eyed gaze

                      In 1938 Nora Heysen became the first woman to win the Archibald Prize, Australia’s best known portrait prize and an annual event which has attracted much controversy since its inception in 1921. In 1943 Heysen became the first Australian female war artist and was posted to Borneo and New Guinea
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