Archibald Prize won by Blak Douglas for portrait of artist Karla Dickens, second time a native artist has won

Dhungutti artist Blak Douglas (aka Adam Hill) has won the $100,000 Archibald Prize for his portrait of Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens – the second Indigenous artist to win the award in its 101 years, after Western Arrernte artist Vincent Namatjira in 2020.

This is Douglas’ fifth time as an Archibald finalist.

Blak Douglas poses with his Archibald Prize-winning portrait of artist Karla Dickens.Supplied: AGNSW

Douglas painted Dickens, a friend and in his words “legendary practitioner”, knee-deep in the muddy floods of her hometown in Lismore, Bundjalung Country – with a leaking bucket of water in each hand and a cranky look.

The portrait, titled Moby Dickens, “serves as a mouthpiece for the disaster and its impact on that community,” Douglas told ABC News last week when his portrait was announced as a finalist.

It also speaks to Dickens’ frustration with the government’s response to the February and March floods.

Dickens told ABC Arts in April: “[I told him] “As long as you make it grumpy. I want to be grumpy.'”

“If [the painting] makes one more person aware of what happened where I live, I’m really thankful for that.”

The jury also praised artist Jude Rae’s portrait of Australian engineer and inventor Saul Griffith.

A portrait of a bearded middle-aged man in the outback, holding a red power cord
Portrait of Saul Griffith by Jude Rae featured in the Archibald Prize 2022.Supplied: AGNSW/Mim Stirling

Artist duo Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro won the $40,000 Sulman Prize for “subject painting, genre painting, or mural project” for their mixed-media painting Raiko and Shuten-dōji.

A painting of a warrior and a demon fighting, painted in vibrant shades of mainly orange and red
Raiko and Shuten-dōji were featured in the Sulman Prize 2022.Supplied: AGNSW/Mim Stirling

Nicholas Harding won the $50,000 Wynne Prize for landscape painting for his work Eora.

A painting of rich forest, including trees, plants and a waterfall, with lush shades of green
Eora was featured in the Wynne Prize 2022.Supplied: AGNSW/Mim Stirling

More to come.

Exhibitions for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman awards open at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Saturday, May 14.

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