Archibald Prize 2019
It’s a case of fourth-time lucky for Sydney artist Tony Costa, the winner of this year’s prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture. Costa was shortlisted for the prize in 2015, 2017 and 2018, but his portrait of Lindy Lee, a fellow Sydney artist and Zen Buddhist, has taken him over the line. The oil painting depicts Lee in a meditative pose and is the first winner in the Archibald's 98-year history to feature an Asian-Australian sitter.
Costa beat 50 other Archibald finalists, including Paul Ryan, Anh Do, Tsering Hannaford and Blak Douglas for the $100,000 prize. Other portraits were of well-known Australians including writer and actor Nakkiah Lui; Paralympian Dylan Alcott; media personalities Benjamin Law, Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb; and Archibald-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton.
The Archibald has been awarded annually since 1921 to the best depiction by an Australian resident or a person of note from the worlds of art, letters, science and politics. It’s the country’s favourite art prizes and is judged by the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) board of trustees, including board vice president Gretel Packer, artist Ben Quilty and newcomer and former Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti.
The accompanying annual exhibition tours 51 works nationally and will be at the TarraWarra Museum of Art from September 14.