Ben Quilty Wins 2011 Archibald Prize

April 15, 2011 | Visual Arts

Copyright Agency member Ben Quilty has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Archibald prize, for his portrait of famous Australian artist Margaret Olley.

The Archibald Prize, valued at $50,000, is regarded as the most important portraiture prize in Australia and was first awarded in 1921.

When speaking of his subject, Ben said that ‘she’s such an inspiration. She was a feminist ahead of her time. She’s vigorously passionate about social and political issues, as well as art, and is enormously compassionate. Margaret has such an infectious attitude to both life and death.’*

Copyright Agency CEO, Jim Alexander, in congratulating Ben on his win, said: ‘Once again, Ben has proven his calibre as one of Australia’s finest artists and adds his name to the pedigree of talent that has featured on the Archibald winner’s list over several decades. I’m sure this, his first Archibald, will be just the next step on his climb to even higher peaks.’

Meanwhile, Richard Goodwin won the $25,000 Wynne Prize for his work Co-isolated slave and Peter Smeeth won the $20,000 Sulman Prize for his work The artist’s fate.

The winners were announced in Sydney on 15 April.

For further information, see the Art Gallery of New South Wales website.

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