Por­trait up for coun­try’s rich­est prize

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

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.”

Pic­ture: Black Swan prize

Once upon a Time by Justin Swed of Lake­lands has been nom­i­nated for the Black Swan Prize for Por­trai­ture.

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