Artist wins a second Archibald Prize for her “sincere, deep, generous and creative” portrait of actor Hugo Weaving.
It was a strong field this year, but Sydney born artist Del Kathryn Barton has emerged triumphant, winning her second Archibald Prize for her intriguing watercolour, goache and acrylic portrait of popular stage and screen actor Hugo Weaving. "I hoped to portray a sincere, deep, generous and creative soul," said Barton.
Barton previously won the Archibald back in 2008 for her self-portrait with her two children entitled "You are what is most beautiful about me". She was also a finalist in 2007 and in 2011 for her portrait of actor Cate Blanchett. Weaving has also appeared in the Archibald before, being notably painted last year by Nicholas Harding.
The award, presented in the central court of the temporary exhibition space, might not come as a total surprise as it was one of the two pictures chosen to hang behind the spot where the announcer's podium was to be placed – often seen as a sign of a favourite with the judges.
Barton, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1993, has built a significant following with exhibitions in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Last week Mathew Lynn won the 92nd Archibald Packing Room Prize for his portrait of the novelist, television presenter, journalist and former model, Tara Moss. The Packing Room Prize gives the Gallery staff a chance to vote for their favourite Archibald portrait but, true to form, the Packing Prize winner failed to go on and win the Archibald Prize itself.
Limelight tipped Barton’s portrait earlier in the week from among a field of 39 where the arts dominated proceedings with striking portraits of violinist Warren Ellis as well as actors Bille Brown, Asher Keddie (entitled Love Face), Naomi Watts, Toni Collette and burlesque artist Venus Vamp. Politicians were noticeably thin on the ground this year.