THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE |
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE
FOR THE 2004 ARCHIBALD PRIZE
Thursday 6 May 2004 at 12noon
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, Sydney
Since 1988 visitors to the Archibald Prize have had the opportunity to
vote for their favourite painting. Only once, in 1988, did the people
decide the judges had made the correct choice when Fred Cress' portrait
of fellow artist John Beard won both prizes.
Sixteen years later - will the people concur with the judges who chose
Craig Ruddy's David Gulpilil - Two Worlds as the winner of this year's
Archibald Prize? Find out on Thursday 6 May at 12noon when Art Gallery
of New South Wales Director, Edmund Capon, will make the announcement.
The winning artist receives $2,500, and one person who voted for this
painting will also receive $2,500.
The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibitions, and the Citigroup
Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize are on view at the
Art Gallery of New South Wales until Sunday 16 May.
CRAIG RUDDY'S PORTRAIT DAVID GULPILIL - TWO WORLDS
wins the People's Choice for the 2004 Archibald Prize
-only the 2nd time in 16 years the public has agreed with the judges -
6 May 2004
60,133 people voted in this year's People's Choice for the Archibald
Prize. This is a record number of votes in a People's Choice.
By 5pm yesterday (Wednesday) approximate 88,000 people had visited this
year's exhibition. The highest number of visitors to an Archibald
exhibition in recent years was 98,349 in 2001 when Nicholas Harding won
with his portrait John Bell as King Lear. It is quite possible that a
new record number of visitors may be set this year - the Archibald,
Wynne, Sulman and Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic
Portrait Prize exhibitions close on Sunday 16 May.
This year's winner of the People's Choice received 11,455 votes -
approximately 4,000 ahead of the next most popular choice.
In the 16 years since the People's Choice was first awarded, the prize
has only once coincided with the Trustee Judges selection. That was in
1988, the year the first People's Choice was announced and Fred Cress'
portrait of fellow artist John Beard won both prizes.
For only the second time in the history of the People's Choice, the
public and the judges agree - the winner of the 2004 People's Choice
for the Archibald Prize is
Craig Ruddy for his portrait David Gulpilil - Two Worlds
Craig will be presented with $2500 for winning the People's Choice.
Each year a voter for the Archibald painting which receives the most
votes is selected to win $2,500. Udi de Waard from Sydney voted for
Craig Ruddy's David Gulpilil – Two Worlds. Her entry was selected from
all who had voted for Craig's painting. Commenting on why she voted for
this painting, Udi said "It is such a big painting and I approached it
in parts, taking it in from the wildness of David's hair and the depth
of his eyes. Then slowly appreciating the whole painting. It has such
wisdom and presence."
Press releases on the 2004 Prizes, winners and finalists HERE<<
THE ARCHIBALD, WYNNE, SULMAN PRIZES
AND THE CITIGROUP PRIVATE BANK AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE
Ends Sunday 16 May
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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