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.