Created in 1994 as a spoof of the more serious Archibald competition, the Bald Archy Prize attracts portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy and caricature.
The satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment. This year’s 43 finalists have provided a vintage crop, with a cavalcade of famous and infamous politicians vying with sporting figures, entertainers and even champion racehorse Winx for gallery space.
The 2019 winner features a portrait of legendary thespian, Geoffrey Rush, by Melbourne artist Simon Schneider.
“It was good that Simon Schneider’s fine portrait of Geoffrey Rush was able to withstand the avalanche of entries featuring infamous politicians and cricketers, though given that they provide such rich fodder for creative artists, it’s hardly surprising that they dominate,” says Baldy Archy convenor, Peter Batey.
“We love to push the envelope, have fun and avoid the pretensions that sometimes afflict other more ‘serious’ art competitions. The satirical side of this event has its basis in the irreverent, larrikin Australian comic comment, and the finalists this year have been fortunate to have had so much inspiration to draw from. It’s been a vintage year.”
Wednesday 20 March to Sunday 28 April 2019
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