The Bald Archy is back

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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.

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