Archibald Prize 2022 LIVE updates: Winner set to be revealed – who gets your vote?

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‘A kick in the barramundies’: The Taika Waititi portrait that won the 2022 Packing Room Prize

Creating a mock 3D portrait of acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi drove emerging artist Claus Stangl “nuts”.

“Two pupils, two noses. Everything is completely shifted when you’re trying to paint a picture to create a likeness of someone with that extra complication,” the Sydney artist recalls.

There was no room for error. Waititi was filming Thor: Love and Thunder at Fox Studios last June and Stangl was given just 10 minutes to shape the Instagrammable portrait. Last Thursday, that artwork won the 31st Archibald Packing Room Prize.

Winner Packing Room Prize 2022, Claus Stangl Taika Waititi, acrylic on canvas, 245 x 195.1 cm © the artist, image ©Credit:AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

“He’s a big, big Hollywood director with limited time and a busy schedule,” Stangl says. “I knew I needed to capture something [and so I just] let him perform and deliver so many poses. I just allowed Taika to be Taika in front of the cameras … and sent him on his merry way to finish the final day of shooting.”

From Los Angeles, Waititi trumpeted his delight on Instagram. “Thank you, ’Straya,” he wrote. “This is an absolute kick in the barramundies for Ockers as they try to figure out how the f— a New Zealand supermodel won one of their most beloved awards.”

Read more from Stangl and Waititi here.

What’s it like to sit for the Archibald Prize?

How does it feel to be a sitter in the Archibald Prize? This was the question we asked actress Tina Bursill who next week stars as the stepmother in Cinderella, at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. She sat for Sydney artist John Klein, one hot summer’s day in his Denistone home studio, while she was in Sydney rehearsing for a show at the Ensemble Theatre. In this video he explains how he was inspired by her connection with the beach as she sees her portrait for the first time.

TV stars and athletes beat out politicians in this year’s Archibald haul

When Melbourne actress Lisa McCune came to Sydney earlier this year to star in Girl from the North Country, her friend artist Yvonne East asked her to sit for a portrait for this year’s Archibald Prize.

“I had this dream about her wading knee-deep in troubled waters,” says East, a 2018 Archibald finalist with her portrait of Chief Justice Susan Kiefel.

Archibald entrants arriving at the NSW art gallery in April. Sitter Lisa McCune (left) by artist and friend Yvonne East.Credit:Edwina Pickles

“I can’t believe I convinced a Gold Logie winner to stand for hours in a huge pond I created in a Chippendale warehouse all from a crazy dream,” says East, of Sydney’s Neutral Bay.

Of the 816 entrants in this year’s prize, small screen queens were popular subjects. As well as McCune, sitters included ABC 7.30 political reporter Laura Tingle, captured on canvas by James Powditch and Channel Nine entertainment reporter Brooke Boney who was painted in pink by Laura Jones. Of the 52 finalists, only one politician, former ALP federal minister and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett by Ahn Do, made the cut. Unlike previous years, there were very few politicians painted for the 2022 portrait prize; there were no paintings of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and no premiers except for WA’s Mark McGowan (two entries).

Along with Claus Stangl’s portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, the McCune portrait was a favourite of Art Gallery of NSW head packer Brett Cuthbertson for this year’s packing room prize. (Stangl’s portrait ended up taking the prize).

Moby Dickens by Blak Douglas. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 300 x 200 cm © the artist.Credit:Mim Stirling, Art Gallery of NSW

Cuthbertson’s tip for the likely overall winner for this year’s $100,000 Archibald Prize, is a portrait of another woman wading in water like McCune, a giant portrait of Lismore artist Karla Dickens, painted by four-time finalist Blak Douglas.

“Women wading in water, it says so much about this year,” Cuthbertson said.

For more of Cuthbertson’s view on this year’s entries, read the full story here.

Which painting gets your vote?

With 52 finalists to choose from, there’s bound to be a portrait to suit everyone’s tastes. Which work gets your vote for best in show (see gallery below)? Tell us in the comments or vote in The Sydney Morning Herald’s shortlist below.

Welcome to our live coverage of the 2022 Archibald Prize

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the 2022 Archibald Prize. It’s arguably the biggest day on the arts calendar in Australia and this year’s pool of finalists is suitably impressive, with high-profile artists such as Blak Douglas, Anh Do, Kathrin Longhurst and Vincent Namatjira – among 48 others – all up for the major award.

Today, our Archibald experts – senior arts reporter Linda Morris and senior culture writer Helen Pitt – will guide you through all the big moments as they happen at the Art Gallery of NSW. Stay tuned for the big winner announcement, due just after 12pm, and keep checking back for all our coverage so far. In the meantime, scroll through the 52 finalists and tell us your favourite in the comments.

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