The Lester Prize is back for its 15th year at the Art Gallery of WA from Saturday, October 16 to November 29.
One of the top three Portraiture awards in the country, this is a great opportunity to see 40 magnificent pieces of work selected from more than 750 submissions, including finalists and winners from the Archibald and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
The Lester Prize captures what it means to be ‘them’, to be ‘me’ and to be ‘us’. It is expressive of the traits that humanity holds within each individual and creates a vulnerability between the subject, artist, and viewer.
One of the exciting points of difference with the Lester Prize is its blind judging approach. Neither the name nor location of the artist is known to judges, providing an opportunity for lesser-known artists to become finalists. This year 12 out of the 40 finalists are from Western Australia and the rest from other states and territories across the nation.
Please note that as the Art Gallery of Western Australia is currently under refurbishment the main entrance is closed and you will have to enter the exhibition through the Beaufort Street entry.
The Top 40 finalists for 2021 are:
Aunty Lena Alone
Acrylic paint on linen, 31 x 31 cm.
Oil canvas, 62 x 47 cm.
Oil on canvas, 53 x 43 cm.
Two fathers and two sons
Acrylic on canvas, 155 x 125 cm.
Oil on linen, 75 x 75 cm.
January 7. What a day huh?!
Oil pastel on paper, 63 x 46 cm.
Acrylic on paper, 51 x 76 cm.
Bolt from the blue
Charcoal powder/acetone, compressed charcoal and graphite on paper, 154 x 118 cm.
Portrait of the artist scrutinising the viewer
Oil on panel, 47 x 37 cm.
The night commute
Oil on canvas, 98 x 78 cm.
Oil on canvas, 57 x 42 cm.
Oil on linen, 93 x 63 cm.
Oil on canvas, 117 x 87 cm.
Father and child
Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm.
Portrait of my mother
Oil and acrylic on panel, 43 x 31 cm.
Oil on linen, 63 x 48 cm.
Oil on canvas, 158 x 108 cm.
Susan Alberti AC
Oil on linen, 150 x 100 cm.
Oil on canvas, 78 x 63 cm.
Oil on canvas, 79 x 63 cm.
37 go in on ate
Oil stick, acrylic, charcoal and pencil on canvas, 179 x 112 cm.
I matter Lino
Print on rice paper, 170 x 113 cm.
Anne of a thousand earrings – a portrait of Anne Schofield AM
Oil on linen, 112 x 168 cm.
Own kind—portrait of Jessica & Lisa Origliasso
Oil on canvas 125 x 98 cm.
Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 76 cm.
Michael Dunstan—a brief biography
Oil on canvas, 132 x 112 cm.
Oil on canvas, 92 x 66 cm.
Oil on linen, 102 x 138 cm.
Ballpoint pen on paper, 69 x 54 cm.
Oil on canvas, 130 x 100 cm.
Acrylic on birch ply, 122 x 80 cm.
Oil on wooden board, 22 x 22 cm.
Ways of mapping sunshine
Oil on canvas, 43 x 33 cm.
Jim van Geet Helen Haines
MP – bucking the trend and dealing with it 2021.
Oil on linen, 99 x 130 cm.
A life well lived
Oil on canvas, 91 x 76 cm.
David Holmgren Permaculture co-founder
Oil on canvas, 112 x 91 cm.
Oil on aluminium panel, 50 x 50 cm.
Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 130 cm.
Uncle Herb Patten at the Aboriginal Advancement League
Oil on linen, 91 x 112 cm.
Brave new worker
Oil on aluminium composite panel, 131 x 83 cm.