N\H artists Dee Smart and Paul Ryan are finalists in Australia's most anticipated art prize, the 2020 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman. The exhibition is on show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until January 10th with timed ticketing and restricted numbers. It's definitely worth the visit!
This is Dee Smart’s third time as an Archibald finalist. She was a 2019 finalist in both the Portia Geach Memorial Award, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and Darling Portrait Prize. She says of her self-portrait: ‘The past year for me has been extraordinary on so many levels. To pay homage to the experience I painted a self-portrait. Following a diagnosis of cancer in November with a grim prognosis and the ensuing seven months of arduous treatment I simply opened my heart to all that was to follow. I was never scared, not for a second - I honestly could say I’ve had a brilliant life!
Faced with the real possibility of not being here what came to the fore is did I matter, and to whom? What I discovered was just how much I was loved, personified in an army of support, family, friendship, and laughter. My army surrounded me and with their love it’s been the most extraordinarily wonderful time. I wouldn’t change a thing.
This self-portrait is an intuitive and direct response to looking in a mirror and seeing the face I know so well ravaged by treatment - but Deo Gratias! I’m here.'
Paul Ryan's painting "Three Imaginary Boys" is the artist's sixth finalist selection in the Sulman Prize. He is a 13-time Archibald finalist and five-time Wynne Prize finalist. Paul has won the Paddington Art Prize (2007 & 2010), Geelong Contemporary Art Prize (2012) and has been a finalist numerous times in the Mosman Prize, Moran Prize, Fishers Ghost, Kilgour, Tattersals and other major awards.
Congratulations to Dee and Paul.