The Bald Archy is back
The 2018 Bald Archy Prize exhibition will be on show at the Corowa Art Space from Friday, October 12 to Saturday, November 3.
Corowa Art Space has hosted the Bald Archy Prize touring exhibition annually since 2014, which has established a loyal following of supporters during this time. This year’s exhibition is expected to attract more than 1500 visitors to Corowa to see the outstanding, Australia wide, touring exhibition which is now in its 25th year.
The 2018 winner of the Bald Archy Prize is a portrait of Ahn Do called ‘Anh Can Do’ by James Brennan. Brennan, who has taken out the prize on four occasions, said he chose Ahn Do as his subject for the prize because he admires him. Brennan had seen Ahn Do’s television series and his works in the Archibald Prize and thought he would make a good subject.
The work draws on the famous Norman Rockwell self-portrait in which the American artist paints his own portrait using his reflection in a mirror.
As expected there are a number of controversies in this year’s exhibition. One is a caricature of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong, entitled ‘Two Rights Don’t Make a Wong’ by Judith Nadin. It depicts Senator Corey Bernardi and Tony Abbott in wedding dresses and is about the same sex marriage debate.
According to founder of the prize Peter Batey, the competition celebrates the “Australian larrikin sense of humour”. It was launched in 1994 as a spoof of the Archibald Prize and as a way to provide artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature.
The 2018 Bald Archy exhibition features
‘Anh Can Do’ by James Brennan. This year’s exhibition is expected to attract more than 1500 visitors to Corowa.