Julia Gutman Wins The 2023 Archibald Prize
The 2023 Archibald Prize has been awarded to Julia Gutman for her portrayal of Australian vocalist Jessica Cerro, better known by her stage name Montaigne.
As per The Guardian, the $100,000 Archibald Prize was awarded to Sydney artist Julia Gutman, who is 29 years old, for an artwork of her friend and fellow artist Jessica Cerro (also known as singer-songwriter Montaigne) that features fabric from Gutman’s clothing.
Gutman is the 11th woman to win the prestigious award in its 102-year history, following in the footsteps of contemporary artists Del Kathryn Barton (who won twice, in 2008 and 2013), Yvette Coppersmith (in 2018), and Nora Heysen, who became the first woman to win in 1938 at the age of 27, remaining the youngest winner.
The AGNSW Board of Trustees, who assess the award, voted unanimously in favor of Gutman’s selection, capping a record-breaking year in which there were more female finalists than males.
The pop-electronic duo Electric Fields member Zaachariaha Fielding took home the $50,000 Wynne Award for landscape painting or figurative sculpture of Australian landscapes.
Fielding is a brand-new participant. His piece, Inma, which translates to “song and dance,” captures the sounds of Mimili, the little town where he grew up in the Aangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.
The Luritja artist Doris Bush Nungarrayi earned the $40,000 Sulman prize for finest subject painting, genre painting, or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolor, or mixed media for her piece Mamunya ngalyananyi.
Last week, Andrea Huelin’s portrait of comedian Cal Wilson won this year’s packing room prize, awarded by the staff who hang the paintings in the AGNSW. The artist received $3,000 for her work.