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Benjamin Law Faustina Agolley-portraits Archibald Prize 2019

Stories behind queer portraits among 2019 Archibald Prize finalists

Queensland-born author Benjamin Law and TV presenter Faustina Agolley are among the well-known Australians depicted in portraits chosen as finalists in this year’s Archibald Prize. The Archibald Prize is the country’s oldest and most popular art prize and is awarded each year to a portrait “preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, …

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett Portrait Among Finalists Up For Archibald Prize

A portrait of ARIA-winning indie musician Courtney Barnett is among the finalists for this year’s prestigious Archibald Prize. Barnett was captured by friend Melissa Grisancich, who painted the portrait after spending time at Barnett’s home taking photographs and doing sketches. “I’m a big fan of her music with its unique mix of rock, folk, indie …

Ahn Do’s Portrait Of Jack Charles Wins Archibald People’s Choice Award

Comedian-turned-painter Anh Do has won the People’s Choice award at the Archibald Prize with his portrait of gay Indigenous actor Jack Charles. Do said he first approached Charles to appear on his show Brush With Fame to sit for a portrait after reading about his incredible life story as an “esteemed actor, former heroin addict …