MORAN ARTS FOUNDATION REVEALS THE FINALISTS OF THE 2018 DOUG MORAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE
The thirty finalists of the 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) have been revealed by the Moran Arts Foundation. Australia’s richest art prize is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the finalists include previous winner of the DMNPP Vincent Fantauzzo alongside established artists such as Peter Smeeth, Nick Stathopoulos and Yvonne East. Competing for the $150,000 prize are portraits of familiar faces such as Asher Keddie, Rafael Bonachela, Kate McClymont and Anthony Bond OAM.
The judges of the 2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize are artist Louise Hearman, the former director of National Gallery of Australia, Dr Ron Radford AM and Greta Moran, Co-Founder and Director Moran Arts Foundation. The judges had a challenging time to choose the final 30 works. Louise Hearman said “How to narrow it down? Some work was excluded as it did not meet the brief, and some simply because the numbers had to be cut to 30. To all artists who didn’t make the final 30, don’t be put off, there is always next year.”
The Moran Arts Foundation invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience. Works must be painted at least partly from life with the sitter known to the artist and aware of the artist’s intention to enter the Prize.
The winner of the 2018 DMNPP will be be announced on Thursday 1 November at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney.
The finalist portraits can be viewed here: http://www.moranprizes.com.au/gallery/portrait
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ABOUT THE MORAN PRIZES
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Winner – $150,000
Finalists – $1,000
ABOUT THE MORAN ARTS FOUNDATION
The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the arts in Australia through the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, gallery exhibitions and free Moran School Photographic Workshops. Established by Doug and Greta Moran and family in 1988 in celebration of Australia’s bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography.