Fiona Lowry was today announced as the winner of the Archibald Prize for her portrait of Penelope Seidler.
Lowry said that on meeting Ms Seidler six years ago, “I was struck by her beauty and her presence.”
The portrait is a cloudy image of Ms Seidler looking back at the home she built with her husband, Harry Seidler, in the 1960s.
“That moment when she glanced back at the house it was like she left me for a moment and that was what I wanted to capture,” Ms Lowry said.
“It’s a really wonderful moment for me to win this award today, I’d like to thank Penelope Seidler for allowing me into her world to make this work.”
Lowry was awarded $75,000 for winning the Archibald Prize and said that she wants to “make work”.
“It’s a luxury of not having to do anything else but just focus on making work.”
The runner-up for the prize was Mitch Cairns for his portrait of Reg Richardson.
Other prizes included:
The 2014 Wynne Prize winner for a landscape was Michael Johnson for his piece Oceania high low.
The 2014 Trustee’s Watercolour Prize winner was John Webb for his piece Near Mildura
The Sulman Prize winner was Andrew Sullivan for his piece T-rex (tyrant lizard king)
This year a record 884 pieces were submitted to the Art Gallery of NSW for the Archibald.
The chairman of ANZ, David Gonski said, “I congratulate Fiona Lowry as a worthy winner of the 2014 Archibald prize. Fiona’s work along with all this year’s finalists show the rich diversity of Australia’s artistic talent and I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to view the works as they make their way around regional Australia.” – Bianca Mureddu
Photo by Heba Dandachi.