In Honour of the Archibald

Friday 21 July 2017

By Ashley Lumb

About this Curation

The Archibald Prize, held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

'The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald’s aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.' says the AGNSW.

In honour of the 2017 Archibald Prize, we have pulled together some of Bluethumb's most notable portraits. The highlights in this selection are two outstanding Bluethumb artists who were just announced as finalists of the 2017 prize, Loribelle Spirovski, Kim Leutwyler, and Julius Killerby. It also includes pieces by artists who have entered the prize, such as Ben Tankard, Tamara Armstrong, Andrew Neilan, Glen Miller, Jac Clark, and Chris Martin. Rounding out the selection are portraits we like: some serious, some fun, and one of Donald Trump.

About the Curator

Ashley is an American curator and art historian and has an M.Litt in the History of Photography from the University of St. Andrews. She has worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the British Museum and as a Research Affiliate at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Since 2012 she has been independently curating photography exhibitions in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia with her curatorial collective Hemera. She is also the founder of the London and New York Photography Diaries.

61cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil on canvas
100cm (W) x 150cm (H)
Oil on canvas
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
A combination of oil paint and a photographic transfer on canvas.
76cm (W) x 101cm (H)
acrylic on canvas
50cm (W) x 67cm (H)
Unframed Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Print by Tamara Armstrong Printed on Archival 225gsm photo matte with quality Epson inks to achieve a lifespan of over 80 years. Strictly limited edition print run of 25 per print size.
65cm (W) x 110cm (H)
Acrylic and oils on canvas.
92cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
92cm (W) x 110cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas.
94cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil on Canvas
21cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil on board
25cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil on canvas
62cm (W) x 62cm (H)
oil on linen
100cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil on canvas
60cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Oil paint on canvas.
29cm (W) x 42cm (H)
oil on paper
61cm (W) x 46cm (H)
69cm (W) x 100cm (H)
ink and gouache on vintage book pages adhered together
96cm (W) x 121cm (H)
Oil on deep edge linen framed in a white floating box frame.
180cm (W) x 150cm (H)
acrylic on canvas
70cm (W) x 55cm (H)
Oil paint on wooden panel.