'The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.
'This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Although it is a non-acquisitive prize, several of the entries are now part of the Gallery’s collection.
'The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald’s aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.' (Source: Archibald Prize website)
'Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward is a respected elder of the Warakurna community and Ngaanyatjarra people of Western Australia. She is a cultural and community liaison officer for regional schools, a director on the NPYWomen’s Council, an advocate against domestic violence, a qualified translator, artist and sought-after storyteller.
'‘Last year Tjuparntarri walked into my studio looking for art supplies. Over several weeks, we got to know each other and I discovered I’d met an extraordinary woman,’ says David Darcy.
'‘Super-Tjupa, as she is referred to by friends, has a remarkable connection to country and traditional culture, yet this “born-in-the-bush, modern woman” possesses a wonderful ability to navigate Western society with intellect, charm and good humour.’
'The paintwork on Tjupa’s chest is a traditional design from women’s songs that she is entitled to perform. The red oxide that covers her face and torso is today purchased at the hardware store and is commonly used in place of the traditional red ochre.' (Art Gallery of New South Wales website)