Friday, 2 March 2007

The Archibald winner has been announced. It's John Beard's portrait of fellow artist Janet Laurence.

As usual, the subject of the painting was interviewed by the various news media. It's such a circus.

Sebastian Smee, The Australian's art critic, is not amused. For his own preferences.

Other prizes that are announced at the same time are the Wynne and the Sulman.

Winner of the Sulman Prize is David Disher for Axis of Elvis. "The Sir John Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting or genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist."

The Wynne Prize has been won by Philip Wolfhagen for Winter Nocturne IV. "The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture, by an Australian artist."

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