The winners of the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize were announced at in a function held at Paddington’s Juniper Hall and emceed by Richard Morecroft. Sydney based artist Megan Seres took out the National Portrait Prize for her work entitled Scarlett as Colonial Girl. Seres received prize money of $150,000, thought to be the world’s most generous portraiture prize for her outstanding portrait of her daughter Scarlett.
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.
Kogarah Bay artist Steve Lopes has been named as a finalist in this years Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. He is one of 30 finalists after being nominated for his portrait Dreaming of Filicudi.
A number of WA residents have just been announced as finalists in the prestigious $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and $50,000 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Among the 30 finalists for the portrait prize are West Aussies Steven Black, for his portrait of Isabella Speed, and Justin Swed for his portrait of Birgitta Valgerdur Swed.
For 28 years, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize has encouraged excellence and innovative approach in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of any sitter of their choice. This year, the 2016 finalists include three UNSW Art & Design graduates: Claire Heise for her self-portrait complete with clouds and cockroaches, Steve Lopes for his anonymous sleeping woman dreaming of a small Aeolian Island off Sicily; and James Powditch for his portrait of the Australia Day Local Hero recipient and Director of the Sydney Story Factory, Cather