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Louise Hearman wins Moran Prize for her portrait of Bill Henson - 28/10/2014

IT was third time lucky for Melbourne painter Louise Hearman who has taken out the nation’s richest portraiture competition, the $150,000 Moran Prize.

Hearman’s moody diptych of her sometime partner and longtime friend, photographer Bill Henson, was today judged the best of 30 finalists from the unofficial runner-up, Nicholas Harding’s portrait of actor Richard Roxburgh.

Clutching her winners’ cheque Hearman said “I’m living proof money does buy happiness.”

Life of the nation framed in Moran Photographic Prize - 26/9/2014

FEW art prizes run such a wide gamut of subjects, photographers and styles as the Moran Photographic Prize.

Unlike its older sibling — the Moran Portrait Prize, which has run since 1988 — the Photographic Prize has no restrictions on subject, apart from the requirement that the photograph was taken in Australia.

The devil's in the detail for Simon Burke - 5/9/2014

Actor Simon Burke's return to his role of Tom Allen in Foxtel's new mini-series Devil's Playground, a follow-up to Fred Schepisi's 1976 film The Devil's Playground, has inspired Sydney-based Turkish artist Mertim Gokalp's The Red Shoe portrait of Burke, which has been chosen as a semifinalist in the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Portrait of a serious rival to the Archibald - 2/9/2014

Has the Archibald met its match? 

The Doug Moran Nation Portrait Prize, now in its 26th year, doesn’t have the notoriety or the crowds that swam each year to the Art Gallery of NSW circus. But its prestige is growing, and there’s also a $150,000 winner’s cheque that helps explain why so many artists are rushing to enter their work.

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