Friday, March 26, 2004

The richest art prize in Australia has just been announced; The Archibald Prize is a prize for portraiture and this year it has been won by Craig Ruddy for his portrait of Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil (Walkabout, Storm Boy, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Tracker). It is a striking piece and is done with charcoal on wallpaper, the same "English colonial wallpaper" that adorns the dining room of the Australian Prime minister’s mansion, overlooking the Sydney harbour at Kirribilli.
When not acting Gulpilil lives in the bush in northern Australia in a traditional tribal way on his ancestral lands:

Nice one Bald Archie.......

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