The Archie

This was my first year seeing the Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman Prizes.

Here’s what it looked like:

People at the art exhibition People at the art exhibition People at the art exhibition People at the art exhibition
A couple looking at an artwork whilst cuddling A couple looking at an artwork whilst cuddling
Lovebirds. (I didn't follow them around, they just happened to be canoodling (and loitering) around paintings I wanted to photograph.)
A mural wall at the art gallery A mural wall at the art gallery
Some nice murals outside the exhibition and in the gallery foyer. The latter is done by residents at Studio A, up the road from my place.
The front entrance of the art gallery viewed from a rainy car window
Day for it.

And here are my favourite artworks from the exhibition:

Wynne Prize

Landscape painting of Australian scenery.

A landscape painting
Tjoritja (West MacDonnell Ranges, NT) by Hubert Pareroultja. Also happened to be the winner of this section (I have great taste).

Sulman Prize

Subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

A painting of a town's main street
Day and night, Titjikala pension day by Doris Thomas.

Archibald Prize

Portrait painting.

Two portraints, side by side
Ernest brothers by Neil Tomkins, Digby Webster.

That one on the right reminds me of a model I was recently noodling on via RunwayML. You tell the computer to generate realistic facial features by distinguishing which feature is which through colour. I’d like to test this out with scanned-in paintings.

A screenshot of the SPADE-FACE tool on RunwayML
SPADE-FACE on RunwayML.

Anyway, back to it. Here are the other Archibald finalists I dug:

A portrait painting A portrait painting A portrait painting
Poppy Chicka by Thea Anamara Perkins, Madonna by Karen Black, and 'Dark emu' – portrait of Bruce Pascoe by Craig Ruddy.

Young Archie

Where the crowds were. Half the fun was in the kids’ descriptions.

A portrait painting A portrait painting
My dad by Lily Jackson, and Myself by Eason Wu.