Making a habit of Archibald finals
She’s done it again.
Coolum portrait artist Jan Williamson is a finalist for the national 2009 Archibald Prize in Sydney for the fifth time.
“My first entry to the Archibald was in 2000, a portrait of surfer Tommy Carroll, and I have had an entry every year since,” Williamson said.
“And I have been hung five times.”
To be “hung” in art competition parlance is to be a finalist.
She has also been hung in the accompanying salon section of the competition.
The portrait specialist missed out last week on the packing-room award, an award she has won two years in a row, but she also picked up the people’s choice award with a portrait of singer Jenny Morris.
This year Ms Williamson’s entry is a portrait of Aboriginal painter Nancy Petyarr from the Utopia community, north-east of Alice Springs.
“I met Nancy’s daughter at last year’s Archibalds,” Ms Williamson said.
“She had a picture in the landscape section.
“She visited the area, spending a number of months in the community.
“They are a very proud people, with their own land, their own language; they are still hunting and gathering.”
Despite being a finalist, Ms Williamson doesn’t think she will win due to a current tendency toward non-traditional portraits “unless I change my style”.
The winner will be announced today.