Chance meeting leads to Archibald Prize People’s Choice win

‘Tjuparntarri – women’s business’ by David Darcy has won the People’s Choice award in this year’s Archibald prize. Credit:Jenni Carter, Art Gallery of NSW

A striking portrait of Warakurna elder Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward has been named the public's favourite at the Art Gallery of NSW's showing of this year's Archibald Prize finalists.

The artist, two-time Archibald Prize finalist David Darcy, takes home $3500 for his win. Darcy was a photographer and author before taking up painting full-time two years ago.

Sitter and artist met when Ward came to Darcy's studio looking for art supplies.

Ward celebrated Darcy's win by singing a song in her Indigenous language.

In May, Sydney artist Tony Costa won the Archibald, Australia's most recognisable portrait prize, for his meditative portrait of artist Lindy Lee. Highly commended was Jude Rae for her portrait of actor Sarah Peirse as Miss Docker in Patrick White's play A Cheery Soul.

They were selected by the Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees, led by David Gonski, deputy Gretel Packer and artists Ben Quilty and Khadim Ali from a record number of 919 entries for the Archibald, Sulman and Wynne prizes.

Tony Costa with his Archibald Prize-winning portrait of artist Lindy Lee.Credit:Kate Geraghty

The Packing Room Prize, selected by those who hang the Archibald finalists, was awarded to Tessa Mackay for her portrait of actor David Wenham.

It was a strong year for Indigenous artists, with 19 works hung in the three prizes this year, and a record number of eight portraits of Indigenous Australians among the Archibald Prize finalists.

More to come. 

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