Judging the Archibald finalists


Actor Gary McDonald, whose portrait by Paul Jackson was another Archibald finalist (and my personal favourite)

While I’m on the Archibald Prize, the Art Gallery of NSW now has images of all the finalists available on its website here.   The winner was Marcus Wills’ work    The Paul Juraszek Monolith (after Marcus Gheeraerts), which I don’t like at all (although the reproduction on the AGNSW website is so muddy you can’t get a real impresson of it).

The Archibald is hardly the epitome of great Australian art, but it’s certainly our highest profile art prize.   Let’s conduct our very own Club Troppo open  judging panel.   Which one of the finalists would you  give the Archibald?  

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Nicholas Gruen
18 years ago

It’s very hard to judge without looking at the originals, but – though I note you don’t like it I think the picture of Kirby is quite striking. And the one I find the most psychologically compelling is of Ken Unsworth.

Steve Edney
Steve Edney
18 years ago

I thought the winner was a great painting especially when viewed up close, although I question it as a portrait.

My 4 month old son got very excited about the Gary McDonald one. I don’t really know which I would pick though. but both the winner and the Gary McDonald one were up there.