Wynne and Sulman Prizes
While the Archie might get most of the attention, the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition also includes the finalists for the Wynne Prize, awarded to an Australian landscape painting or figurative sculpture, and Sir John Sulman Prize, awarded to a subject or genre painting or mural project. As is usually the case, there’s a strong showing from Aboriginal artists among the 46 Wynne Prize finalists, with the central room of the exhibition taken over by bold Indigenous landscapes. The room includes this year’s winner: Yukultji Napangati’s untitled painting of Yunala, a rock hole among the sandhills west of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. This year’s 17 Sulman Prize finalists include provocative and politically charged works by artists including Abdul Abdullah, David Griggs, Joan Ross and Wendy Sharpe. But the winner is South Australian Indigenous artist Kaylene Whiskey, whose painting ‘Kaylene TV’ features pop legends Cher and Dolly Parton performing together on TV.
Yukultji Napangati, 2018 (detail)
Kaylene Whiskey, ‘Kaylene TV’ 2018