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'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)


2020 winner (People's Choice Award) Behrouz Boochani Angus McDonald , 2020 single work art work
2020 winner (Packing Room Prize) Meyne Meyne Wyatt , 2020 single work art work
2020 Stand Strong for Who You Are Vincent Namatjira , 2020 single work art work
2019 winner (People's Choice) Tjuparntarri – Women's Business David Darcy , 2019 single work art work

'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)

2017 winner (Peoples Choice Award) Jack Charles Anh Do , 2017 single work art work
2016 winner Barry Louise Hearman , 2016 single work art work
2016 winner (People's Choice Award) Deng Nick Stathopoulos , 2016 single work art work
2015 winner Judo House Pt 6 (The White Bird) Nigel Milsom , 2015 single work art work
2014 winner Fiona Lowry for Penelope Seidler
2011 winner Margaret Olley Ben Quilty , 2011 single work art work
2010 winner Tim Minchin Sam Leach , 2010 single work art work
2009 winner Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu Guy Maestri , 2009 single work art work
2005 winner Self Portrait Janus Faced John Olsen , 2005 single work art work
2004 winner David Gulpilil, Two Worlds Craig Ruddy , 2004 single work art work
2003 winner Richard Flanagan Geoff Dyer , 2003 single work art work
2001 winner John Bell as King Lear Nicholas Harding , 2001 single work art work
2000 winner Portrait of David Wenham Adam Cullen , 2000 single work art work
1997 winner Barbara Blackman Nigel Thomson , 1997 single work art work
1995 winner Self Portrait With Stunned Mullet William Robinson , 1995 single work art work
1995 winner (Packing Room Prize) Gregory Bridges Awarded for his portrait entry of Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans QC.
1993 winner Tom Thompson Garry Shead , 1993 single work art work
1991-1992 winner The Prime Minister Bryan Westwood , 1991 single work art work
1988 winner Fred Cress for John Beard
1987 winner Equestrian Self Portrait William Robinson , 1987 single work art work
1986 winner Davida Allen for Dr John Arthur McKelvie Shera
1985 winner Guy W. Warren for Flugelman with Wingman
1984 winner Max Gillies Keith Looby , 1984 single work art work
1983 winner Nigel Thomson for Chandler Coventry
1982 winner Peter Sculthorpe Eric John Smith , 1982 single work art work
1979 winner Portrait of Phillip Adams Wes Walters , 1979 single work art work
1978 winner Art, Life and the Other Thing Brett Whiteley , 1978 single work art work
1976 winner Self Portrait in the Studio Brett Whiteley , 1976 single work art work
1973 winner Michael Boddy Janet Dawson Boddy , 1973 single work art work
1972 winner The Hon E.G. Whitlam Clifton Pugh , 1972 single work art work
1971 winner Clifton Pugh for Sir John McEwan
1970 winner Eric John Smith for Gruzman - architect
1969 winner George Johnston Ray Crooke , 1969 single work art work
1968 winner Lloyd Rees William Edwin Pidgeon , 1968 single work art work
1967 winner Margo Lewers Judy Cassab , 1967 single work art work
1965 winner Clifton Pugh for RA Henderson, Esq
1963 winner Professor James McAuley Jack Carington Smith , 1963 single work art work
1962 winner Patrick White Louis Kahan , 1962 single work art work
1961 winner William Edwin Pidgeon for Rabbi Dr I. Porush
1960 winner Judy Cassab for Stanislaus Rapotec
1959 winner William Dobell for Dr Edward MacMahon
1958 winner William Edwin Pidgeon for Mr Ray Walker
1956 winner Mr Albert Namatjira William Dargie , 1956 single work art work
1949 winner Bonar Dunlop Arthur Murch , 1949 single work art work
1948 winner Margaret Olley William Dobell , 1948 single work art work
1943 winner Mr Joshua Smith William Dobell , 1943 single work art work
1940 winner Max Meldrum for Dr J. Forbes McKenzie
1939 winner Max Meldrum for Hon G. J. Bell, C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D.,
1938 winner Mme Elink Schuurman Nora Heysen , 1938 single work art work for Mme Elink Schuurman
1935 winner AB (Banjo) Paterson John Longstaff , 1935 single work art work
1935 winner AB (Banjo) Paterson John Longstaff , 1935 single work art work
1932 winner Ernest Buckmaster for Sir William Irvine
1931 winner John Longstaff for Sir John Sulman
1929 winner John Longstaff for The Hon WA Holman KC
1928 winner John Longstaff for Dr Alexander Leeper
1927 winner G. W. Lambert for Mrs Murdoch
1925 winner John Longstaff Maurice Moscovitch