The Archibald Prize: A Century of portraits

This year marks 100 years of Australia’s oldest portrait award — The Archibald Prize — hosted by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Since 1921 the prize, painted from life, has attracted National interest, controversy, court cases and continually sparks numerous debates, so to celebrate its centenary, we’ve made a list of works from…

QAGOMA Foundation: Integral to the story of our Collection

As the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) celebrates 125 years since its establishment on 29 March 2020, we look at the role of the Foundation in sustaining a philanthropic community at QAGOMA that has been integral to the story of the Gallery’s Collection and the success of its exhibitions and other…

Auschar Chauncy, England/Australia b.c.1836-1877 / Portrait of Richard Edwards 1874

We all call Queensland home

By telling the story of Australian Art, we can observe the changing nature of portraiture — the shift from democratic modes such as the nineteenth-century photograph, to oil paintings produced after a number of sittings and preparatory sketches. These portraits tell stories of contact between cultures, including colonial and immigrant experiences. Many of these stories connect…

Bad dad: An interview with Michael Zavros

Queensland artist Michael Zavros’s painting, Bad dad 2013, is the subject of the 2016 QAGOMA Foundation Appeal. Gallery curator Peter McKay recently spoke with the artist about the work, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Archibald Prize. Peter McKay | Audiences often appear attracted to the quality of your images as much as their content.…