Archibald Prize finalists, Packing Room Prize announced

Vincent Fantauzzo, Abdul Abdullah, Natasha Bienick, Adam Chang, Zhong Chen, Nicholas Harding, Lewis Miller and Ben Quilty are among the finalists selected for the 90th edition of the Archibald Prize, Australia's oldest and most prestigious art award.

Archibald prize finalist Vincent Fantauzzo has also been awarded the Packing Room Prize for his portrait of celebrity chef Matt Moran.

Each year, gallery staff who receive entries for the Archibald Prize vote for their favorite Archibald portrait. The portrait painter with the most votes receives the $1,000 Packing Room Prize and a $500 ANZ debit card.

In addition to winning this year's Packing Room Prize, "Vincent Fantauzzo won the People's Choice Award in both 2008 and 2009 for portraits of actor Heath Ledger and child actor Brandon Walters, who played the young Aboriginal boy Nullah in Baz Luhrmann's film Australia," said the Gallery of NSW in an April 8 announcement.

Since its inception in 1921 the Archibald prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most important artists, including George Lambert, William Dobell and Brett Whiteley.

In 2011 there were 798 Archibald entries, 810 Wynne entries and 633 Sulman entries, said the Art Gallery of NSW.

An exhibition of works entered into the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes will go on display at the Art Gallery of NSW from April 16 to June 26 before touring regional Australia through 2011 and 2012.

Winners of the $50,000 Archibald Prize, the $25,000 Wynne Prize for landscape painting or figure sculpture, and the $20,000 John Sulman Prize for subject, genre painting and/or mural work will be announced on Friday, April 15.

Archibald Prize 2011 regional tour dates:

2 July – 31 July 2011 TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria
5 August – 11 September 2011 Tweed River Art Gallery
17 September – 23 October 2011 Moree Plains Gallery
28 October – 4 December 2011 Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
9 December – 15 January 2012 Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
20 January – 26 February 2012 Orange Regional Gallery
2 March – 8 April 2012 Manning Regional Art Gallery


http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/archibald-wynne-sulman-prizes-2011/

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