16 May 2018
Victorian artist Yvette Coppersmith has been awarded the 2018 Archibald Prize, receiving $100,000 for her work Self-portrait, after George Lambert.
A five-time Archibald Prize finalist, Coppersmith recognises Lambert (who also won the Archibald Prize in 1927) as one of her favourite Australian artists.
Over the past 21 years, Coppersmith has experimented extensively with her art and maintained a strong practice in self-portraiture - a genre that enables her to paint from the real world and remain highly immersed in the painting process.
Coppersmith is the tenth female artist to be awarded the Archibald Prize. Twelve portraits by women have won the prize to date, with Judy Cassab and Del Kathryn Barton both two-time winners.
First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize remains one of Australia’s most highly regarded art awards, recognising the best in portrait painting.
The Archibald Prize exhibition is now on show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before going on tour. Geelong Gallery will host the exhibition from 22 September – 18 November 2018.