Portraits of Australian personalities including Adam Goodes, Catherine Keenan and Mick Fanning feature among the 30 finalist works in this year’s Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
The award is Australia’s richest art prize, with the winner receiving $150,000, while the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize is worth $50,000. All finalists receive $1000 and have their works exhibited at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney.
Among this year’s finalists are Vincent Fantauzzo, Yvette Coppersmith and Prudence Flint. Emerging artists are also well represented, with 13 of the finalists included for their first time. This year’s judges are renowned artist Anne Wallace and art historian Doug Hall, who says the prize “confirms that portraiture in its many expressions is central to Australian art”.
Previous winners of the prize include Louise Hearman, Warren Crossett and Nigel Milsom. The Moran Prize winners will be announced on October 26 and the finalists exhibition will run until early next year.
EMILY RITCHIE The Australian 12 October 2016