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Yvette Coppersmith has won the 2018 Archibald Prize

Her fifth painting in the Archibald Prize, Coppersmith's Self-Portrait, after George Lambert has won the country’s most popular portrait award.

by Angus McPherson and Justine Nguyen and on May 11, 2018

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.”

Coppersmith, Archibald PrizeYvette 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 travels east, passing through Marrapinti, Ngaminya and Wirrulnga on their way to Wilkinkarra.” Wawiriya Burton has taken out the Roberts Family Prize 2018 for Ngayuku ngura (my country) while Phillip Edwards won the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize 2018.

CoppersmithYvette Coppersmith. Photo © Justine Nguyen

Kaylene Whiskey has taken out the Sir John Sulman Prize for 2018, for her work Kaylene TV. “This is my painting about two strong kungkas (women),” Whiskey wrote in her label. “Cher is singing a song on the microphone; she is having a great time because her boots have silver spurs and are really tall above her knees. Dolly Parton is wearing the pink overalls with pockets. Dolly has been skateboarding at the shops. She must have bought that Christmas present for Cher because they are good friends, they like to sing together! Kaylene TV is playing some good songs like Rage, and there is a big mingkulpa (local native tobacco) plant growing underneath the good boomerangs.”

As was announced last week, Jamie Preisz has won this year’s Packing Room Prize, worth $1500 for a portrait of Jimmy Barnes called Jimmy (title fight).



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