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Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Daily from Saturday 25 June until Sunday 9 October 2022
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford

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The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. The winner for 2022 is

2020 by Jaq Grantford

Jaq has won the $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize for a self-portrait capturing the Melbourne artist’s ‘mixed feelings’ during pandemic enforced lockdowns.

In making their decision, the judging panel - Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the NPG, together with Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London and Clothilde Bullen, Head of Indigenous Programs at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Chair of the National Association for the Visual Arts - commented on the incredible amount of detail included in Grantford’s painting.

Judges commended the unusual composition of the self-portrait, and the sensitivity with which it was captured - particularly the intensity of the artist’s direct gaze, and the exacting rendering of the brushes speared through her hair.  The judges also noted that the hands covering the mouth reveal a sense of emotional conflict, and could certainly be read as a reference to the recent experiences of mask wearing and so becomes a gentle but clear nod to the global Covid phenomenon.

The Judges also noted the exceptional quality of entries, awarding High Commendations to Hong Fu for his portrait of novelist Alex Miller, and Nicholas Hopwood for his depiction of his daughter Josephine. The People's Choice Award will be announced in September, with the winner receiving $10,000 thanks to the generous support of the Liangis family, founding benefactors of the National Portrait Gallery.

The Darling Portrait Prize honours the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

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39 DPP 2022 portraits

1 Shadow crown, 2021 Nicholas Hopwood. 2 Alex Miller, novelist, 2022 Hong Fu. 3 Weight of the Mind's Periapt, 2021 Jane Allan. 4 Eleven, 2020 Miriam Fraser. 5 Ngambri Woman, 2021 Narelle Zeller. 6 Sabine Desrondaux - Woman of Letters, 2021 Tony Sowersby.
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