Rachel Coad wins $50,000 award at 10th annual Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
Mark Tweedie wins $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize
Fremantle artist Rachel Coad has won the prestigious $50,000 Lester Group Prize for her portrait of artist Waldemar Kolbusz, titled 'Indian Summer', in the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.
The inaugural $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize was awarded to Mark Tweedie, after the 40 finalists voted for their favourite portrait.
Premier Colin Barnett announced the winners tonight at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which is hosting its portrait month.
"The Black Swan Prize is one of Australia's gold standards in portraiture," Mr Barnett said.
"The strong interest in and support for these awards, exemplifies their high standing and reflects the importance of arts in our community.
"As we mark this 10-year milestone, I congratulate Rachel Coad, Mark Tweedie, and all the finalists for their outstanding work and encourage everyone to come to the art gallery, view the exhibition and vote for the Amana Living People's Choice Prize."
The judging panel praised Rachel Coad's work for capturing its subject's personality and creating a sense of nostalgia through confident, consistent and effortless technique.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the awards was highly competitive this year with a record 484 entries. Of the 40 finalists, 13 were from WA.
"This exciting and provocative exhibition showcases portraits of well-known Australians including Les Murray, Thomas Keneally, Ben Elton and the late Judy Cassab AO CBE," Mr Day said.
"I expect strong local interest in the beguiling portrait of Perth's spud king, Tony Galati."
Voting for the $7,500 Amana Living People's Choice Prize closes 5pm, Monday October 24, 2016 and will be announced on October 26
The Youth Award winners will be announced at a special presentation night on Wednesday, October 19
The exhibition continues at the art gallery as part of Portrait Month until October 31, 2016
Judges of the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture included Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble, board member of the National Portrait Gallery and former Director of AGWA, Alan Dodge AM and fine artist Thea Costantino
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