This year’s Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) was judged by Daniel Thomas AM, Emeritus Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Wendy Sharpe, one of Australia’s most awarded artists and Greta Moran, Director of the Moran Arts Foundation.
Wendy Sharpe commented: “As an Artist myself, I found it exciting to see so many people so passionately involved in painting. We found it very difficult to select only 30 finalists. There were so many paintings worthy of being included and wonderful diversity”.
Daniel Thomas AM commented: “We enjoyed selecting 30 finalist portraits, whose subjects included both extreme beauty and extreme trauma. Although some fine works had to be rejected on account of excessive size, it was pleasing to note that most artists now recognise how the domestic spaces of Juniper Hall, where the Prize exhibition has been displayed over the past few years, are well suited to works expressive of intimacy.”
10 March – 20 May 2018
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