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2023 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW

2023 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
Exhibitions | Catherine McGuiness Thom Roberts Emily Crockford Daniel Kim

Start 12:00pm Saturday, 06 May 2023

End 07:00pm Sunday, 03 September 2023


Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Road SYDNEY, NSW

Following last year’s success, four incredible Studio A artists were recognised as finalists in this year’s prestigious Archibald prize (May 6 - September 3, 2023). Emily Crockford and Thom Roberts secured placements as finalists for a third time, Catherine McGuiness was recognised for a second year in a row, and artist Daniel Kim celebrated his first selection as an Archibald finalist.

Emily Crockford selected one of her inspirations, contemporary artist and muralist Jeff McCann. In her vivid, joyful portrait, Crockford showcased Jeff in punchy pink acrylic, wearing one of his handcrafted costumes and a tangerine-tipped wig, in Jeff’s pink daisy eyelash clash.

Thom Roberts chose to paint the Principal Architect at Architectus, Farhad Haidari (whom he affectionately named Bert) in his artwork titled In the future there might be new tall buildings built by Bert. The stylistically bold acrylic and graphite portrait depicted Haidari with skyscrapers that burst from the canvas and towered over the architect.

Having met Kylie Kwong at the South Eveleigh Markets in 2022, Catherine McGuiness submitted a vibrant portrait of the restaurateur, chef, author and TV presenter in her restaurant “Lucky Kwong”. Lucky, the title of the painting, aimed to accent Kylie’s personality and pay respect to the special meaning of the restaurant to Kylie.

Finally, Daniel Kim’s captivating debut as an Archibald finalist demonstrated Daniel’s immense skill and acted as a poignant tribute to his late mentor and artist, Greg Warburton. The moving Self portrait, holding memories, my mentor Greg Warburton, captured Daniel as he looked over an album containing photos of himself and Greg.

Words: Sam Kalis. Photos: Studio A

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