….or next year’s Archibald Prize Winner, anyway. It’s time.

I made the pilgrimage to the Archibald this week with friends, on Wednesday evening. I love the vibe in the evening; it adds an extra sparkle for some reason.

Plenty of sparkle in the show in any case; or at least good old fashioned draftsmanship and technique – witness Paul Newton’s Portrait of David Gonski AC. Understated; never overly worked…no fuss. Beautiful.

Paul Newton, Portrait of David Gonski AC.


It’s Sages though, who stole the show with her poignant self portrait, After Jack. No background, just an honest Rembrandtian self-examination, showing both her mortality and her courage.

Jenny Sages, After Jack.