Above: TarraWarra Museum of Art
On the weekend I headed out to TarraWarra Museum of Art to see the Archibald Prize. Despite the nightclub-like waiting line, the exhibition itself was fantastic, and a great reminder that seeing artwork in the flesh always far surpasses seeing it in a book or online. Definitely worth the trip for the amazing exhibition and beautiful scenic views – highly recommended!
On until 31 July 2011. For details visit the TarraWarra Events Page.
Some of my personal highlights included:
- Matt Doust‘s haunting portrait of WA model Gemma Ward
- Tom Macbeth’s stunningly photo-realistic portrait of Jessica Watson
- Craig Ruddy’s mixed media portrait of Cathy Freeman
- Jason Benjamin‘s portrait of The Drones lead singer Gareth Liddiard
- Vincent Fantauzzo‘s eerie yet cheerful portrait of chef Matt Moran
- Andrew Mezei’s fascinating portrait of Penny Sackett (complete with reflection of the artist)
- Del Kathryn Barton’s detailed and unusual portrait of Cate Blanchett
- Amanda Marburg’s plasticine-like portrait of David Astle
- And of course, Ben Quilty‘s much-celebrated portrait of Margaret Olley.
Above: All Archibald Prize artwork images from www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
Artworks from left to right are Vincent Fantauzzo’s ‘Matt Moran’, Tom Macbeth’s ‘Jessica’ and Ben Quilty’s ‘Margaret Olley’.