22 November, 2015 16:45
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
Today is the day where art enthusiasts and laymen alike celebrate the prestigious ‘Face That Stops A Nation’ – where artists across the Australia nervously wait to see who is going home with the $70,000 Archibald Portrait Prize.
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Victorian political commentator and author, Andrew Bolt has taken out this year’s award with a stunning portrait of the recently-elected Australian Senator, Pauline Hanson.
Titled ‘Her Time Has Come’ – the portrait was completed with oil-based paints on a 120 x 80cm linen canvas and depicts Ms Hanson nude with nothing but an Australian flag draped around her.
“This is Pauline, stripped down,” Andrew Bolt told 2GB listeners last night when appearing on the Steve Price show.
“All she has is her pride in Australia, her flaming red hair and her pink-white skin. This is her at her purest – this is her entire political ideology, in portrait,”
In it’s 95th year, the Archibald Prize is touted as one of the most prestigious art prizes in the country – with approximately 800 entrants each year submitting portraits-of-photographs of B-list Australian actors, other artists, and moderately well-known politicians.
Since learning that his portrait had won the prize, Andrew Bolt says that while he was thrilled, he had initially written off his chances – as he was sure that the likelihood of winning would be restricted because of the subject.
“People berate Pauline, but her time has come – and I feel honoured that she has given me the opportunity to paint her,”
“It took four hours in the chill of an early Ipswich winter. But we were both determined to get it done. We got where we needed to get. We came together – and this is our prize,”
“I am just glad the trustees of this prize were able to see the beauty that I see in her,”
“Often when I move in these circles, my political views are ridiculed. I only sold 805 copies of my last book because the sellers were hiding it – I was certain the art world would have done the same,”
The managing director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Michael Brand says he thinks the inclusion of both Bolt and Hanson was a good thing for the prize this year.
“It is an honest representation of where we are at as a country. If the portrait of Ms Hanson wasn’t included in this prize it could be viewed as revisionist,”
“5% of our nation voted this women into power – she is far more relevant to our country than whichever cast member of House Husbands ending up taking out the packing room prize,”
“I think this is a brilliant example of contemporary Australia in both politics and culture – when an untrained artist can take out the most prestigious art prize with a portrait of an untrained politician who just got voted into the senate,”
Andrew Bolt, who claims to have been completely self-trained, says he is a perfect example of how Australian can still maintain a stable of artist alongside our Government’s current cuts to the arts.
“The idea that cuts to our spoilt dinosaur of a national arts program could result in a cultural cringe is just hysterical left wing nonsense.”
“I am self-taught. I won the prize without a pointless four year degree and a Newtown sharehouse,”
“The age of entitlement is over,”