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Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2012V

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The well-known Australian artist Tim Storrier has won the country’s most prestigious art award for portraiture, the Archibald Prize.

The prize was first awarded in 1921, with the winner receiving £400. Today, the prize is worth $75,000. According to the official guidelines, the winning portrait should be ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the [closing] date’.

You can view Storrier’s winning self-portrait here. There are also some amazing pieces among the forty-one works that made it to the finals.

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For more info, check out these links:

Wikipedia’s Archibald Prize page

‘Tim Storrier wins Archibald Prize’ story from The Age, 30 March 2012

Tim Storrier’s website

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