First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize is the most prestigious portraiture award in Australia. Depicting men and women ‘distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics’, resident Australian artists are invited to paint portrayals of the who’s who in Australian culture. This year, the winners include Louise Hearman and her portrait of Barry Humphries titled Barry and Betina Fauvel-Ogden’s George Calombaris. From October 14th through November 27th, all the paintings from the Archibald Prize will go on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
With artwork that’s been featured at the Buckingham Palace, San Francisco Airport, the World Trade Center and the Deputy Prime Ministers Office, James Egan is one of Australia’s most illustrious artists. In his gallery studio, Egan still paints, and on display are collections including landscapes, people, Australian birds and Ned Kelly. A trip to the gallery may even result in an encounter with the artist himself.