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Australia's finest portraits hit the walls

The Archibald Prize is making its way down to Melbourne after showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Mornington Peninsula Gallery will feature all of the shortlisted works including the winner, Del Kathryn Barton's portrait of Hugo Weaving.

As usual with the Archibald Portrait Prize selection, 2013 presents a veritable orgy of artist-on-artist action. We have Julia Ciccarone's wonderland portrait of self-described Melbourne book sculptor Nicholas Jones; James Powditch's mixed-media Pixies-soundtracked take on Ben Quilty ('Ben Quilty: Where is My Mind?); Ken Done done by Amanda Marbug; Fiona Lowry keeping Shaun Gladwell still; and Marcus Callum paints his son. Jasper Knight appears both as artist (painting Adam Cullen) and subject (in a portrait by Sarah Hendy).

Full-time art world piss-taker Michael Lindeman's handwritten portrait/pitch to the trustees ("I'm just wondering if you would consider selecting my portrait for the Archibald this year?") is also displayed in all its sigh-inducing glory.
Actors make obvious subjects too, of course. Del Kathryn Barton has churned up a swirly likeness of Hugo Weaving and Abbey McCullough captures some sort of creepy Naomi Watts changeling on canvas. Meanwhile, Vincent Fantauzzo pays soppy tribute to his lady and muse Asher Keddie which took home the People's Choice gong. Mertim Gokalp’s also offers a black-and-white, slightly mischievous honouring of Bille Brown – in the bathroom.
The most interesting portraits often bear the least recognisable faces though, as in Joshua McPherson's exquisite 'Portrait of Ella', Carlo Pagoda's fetchingly theatrical 'Habit de Jardinier', Michael Zavros's retina-delighting 'Bad Dad' and Guy Morgan's mutilated self-portrait, in which lack of recognition appears to be the whole point.


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By Darryn King   |  

Archibald Prize 2013 details

Dunns Rd, Mornington 3931

Telephone 03 5975 4395

Price $8.00 to $10.00

Date 08 Jun 2013-08 Jul 2013

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