The 2022 Archibald Prize is part of a trifecta comprising the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the winners of which will also be announced today.
The Archibald Prize, now 101, is for portraiture.
The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best Australian landscape painting or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is awarded to the best subject painting, genre painting or oil mural project, at the acrylic, watercolor or mixed media.
There were 601 works entered into this year’s Wynne with 34 selected as finalists. For the second year in a row, there were more female Wynne finalists than males. Wynne’s finalists this year include Lucy Culliton, Nicholas Harding, James Powditch (who also entered the Archibald with a portrait of Laura Tingle), Jude Rae and artists Tiwi Gordon Pupangamirri, David Tipuamantumirri, Barry Kantilla and Graham Tipungwuti.
There were 491 nominations for the 2022 Sulman Prize with 29 finalists. According to the Art Gallery of NSW, this year saw the highest known number of Sulman entries by Aboriginal artists (19), leading to the highest number of Aboriginal finalists in the Sulman exhibition (six) and in all of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize. (27).
Among the Sulman’s indigenous finalists are Vincent Namatjira, Sally M Nangala Mulda and Inawintji Williamson.
There were 816 Archibald entries this year, with 52 finalists chosen.