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Black Swan Prize for Portraiture


Thu 27 Oct 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 28 Oct 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 29 Oct 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 30 Oct 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 31 Oct 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: shector9967

The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture is the third richest prize in Australia behind the Archibald and Moran competitions. Artists were invited to submit portraits of an Australian, or Australians that they respect or admire.

Amongst the finalists were 13 West Australian artists, including award winning artist Brendon Darby whose self portrait cleverly portrays his face as part of the Australian landscape.

13 of the 40 finalists chose to enter self-portraits, such as previous winner Dawn Stubbs’ light hearted and cheeky look at herself and her pug Rocky. Other portraits include first time finalist Kendal Gear with her exquisitely painted portrait of fellow artist Claudine Gueho and Tom Macbeth’s portrayal of Syd Kirkby, a highly regarded Australian surveyor and Antarctic explorer.

Portraits of well-known Australian identities include Les Murray, Thomas Keneally, Ben Elton and the late Judy Cassab AO CBE. Local spud king Tony Galati is also captured on canvas.