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Archibald Prize

Yr 8 Face Value Assignment - ART

Thomas Mullen

on 27 August 2012

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Mr Archibald, formally known as John Feltham Archibald, was born in Victoria in 1856. He lived a bohemian life which led to him changing his name to Jules Francois.

JF Archibald founded the BULLETIN magazine, a radical journal for its time. The BULLETIN addresses issues of nationhood, culture and identity.

Besides the Archibald prize, Mr Archibald gave the city of Sydney a trustee for the Art Gallery of NSW, keen to promote the work of younger artists and writers.

The winning artist of the Archibald Prize receives $75 000 and there work is presented at the Art Gallery of NSW. Nora Heyson

Nora Heysen was the first female to win the Archibald prize, promting women as artists. Max Meldrum criticised her saying that women could not be expected to paint as well as men. William Dobell

William Dobell won the Archibald Prize in 1943 for his portrait of fellow artist, Joshua Smith. Opposition to the win was intense and two Royal Art Society members, Joseph Wolinski and Mary Edwards, took legal action against Dobell and the Gallery’s trustees. They stated that the portrait of Joshua Smith was ‘a distorted and caricatured form’ and therefore not a portrait. In contrast, the supporters of Dobell described the portrait as both ‘a likeness or resemblance of the sitter and a work of art’, which allowed for distortion for the purpose of art. Brett Whiteley

Brett Whiteley's Archibald Prize winning artwork of Self Portrait in the Studio was a turning point for the prize because he produced an extraordinary, compelling work because he was committed to creating “something which is a living thing in itself”. Ben Quilty - Margaret Olly

Ben Quilty's Archibald Prize winning artwork of Margaret Olly possess many textures. He uses different colours to show the skin tones on Margaret Olly's face. The lines go in every direction, however, they are smooth lines. Most of the shapes in the artwork are smooth, round shapes which suggests the smoothness of her face.

Ben Quilty used different materials to show different tones of shade and colour as well as texture. Del Kathryn Barton

The artwork of Cate Blanchett and her three sons was painted by Del Kathryn Barton. I enjoy the artwork because it gives an "evil" look to a family picture. The red outlines of each person in the painting makes me think of this artwork as "evil". The "no-emotion" faces of the four people and the very pale skin also suggests an "evil" look.
Barton's use of colour and composition clearly shows an "evil" side to this artwork. REGIONAL TOUR 2011 Ray in Paris
Lucy Culliton Mother (a portrait of Cate)
Del Kathryn Barton Cathy Freeman
Craig Ruddy Small Self-Portrait
Lewis Miller Dr Ann Lewis AO
Angus McDonald
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