Yvette Coppersmith has won the 2018 Archibald Prize for her Self-Portrait, after George Lambert, the Art Gallery of New South Wales announced today. This is the artist’s fifth painting in the country’s most popular portrait award and is a nod to one of her favourite artists, George Lambert.
“His style was academic, yet he supported the avant-garde in Australia and painted portraits of his artistic contemporaries Thea Proctor and Hera Roberts – both independent, self-possessed style-makers at a time of burgeoning female empowerment,” she says in her wall label. “In referencing George Lambert’s style, it’s like an outfit slipped on, creating a fixed image of an ever-changing self.”
Yvette Coppersmith’s Self-portrait, after George Lambert. Photo courtesy of Art Gallery of New South Wales
Yukultji Napangati has won the Wynne Prize for her untitled artwork, “associated with Yunala, a rock hole and soakage water site among handhills west of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia.” According to the wall label, a group of women camped at the site during ancestral times. “The lines in the work represent both the sandhills surrounding the site as well as the yunala tubers underground. The women later continued their...