Portrait up for country’s richest prize
Lakelands artist Justin Swed has been announced as a finalist in one of the richest art prizes in the country.
Swed’s work, Once Upon a Time, was one of 40 pieces shortlisted for the 2017 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.
Judges sifted through more than 300 submissions to choose the works depicting an Australian or a self-portrait from both emerging and professional artists.
High-profile Australian subjects include Academy Awardwinning animator Adam Elliot, performance artist Stelarc, and cricketer Nathan Lyon.
The Lakelands painter will now vie for the $50,000 first prize donated by The Lester Group, with winners announced on Friday, November 10.
Black Swan Prize for Portraiture chairman John Langoulant said once the finalists were announced it was a very exciting time for everyone involved.
“Our team now works together with the Art Gallery of Western Australia to showcase the extraordinary talent of portrait artists that we have in Australia at the exhibition in November,” he said.
“This is the second year that we have hosted the finalist works at AGWA, and this collaboration allows these works to be shown to a broader audience.
“This year’s finalists are a real mix of established artists and artists that are entering our com- petition for the first time. We were impressed to see a variety of materials and subjects, making this year’s final selection process very challenging.”
Once upon a Time by Justin Swed of Lakelands has been nominated for the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.