Son’s por­trait a prize favourite

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A TOUCH­ING por­trait of an artist’s dy­ing mother is the sen­ti­men­tal favourite of this year’s Archibald Prize.

Bris­bane- born artist Peter Churcher’s por­trait of his late mother Betty ( pic­tured), also an artist, was yesterday named as a fi­nal­ist in the 2015 Archibald Prize.

The piece cap­tures his mother, who died in March, in a night­gown in bed and was painted in the last weeks of her life.

It is one of 48 fi­nal­ists in this year’s prize for por­trai­ture. French- Aus­tralian artist Bruno Jean Grass­will’s por­trait of ac­tor Michael Ca­ton won the pack­ing room prize, se­lected by Art Gallery New South Wales staff who in­stall the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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