Semi Finalists – 2021 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Moran Arts Foundation has announced 151 semi-finalists in the 2021 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP).  Portraits of Australians, both well known and unknown, are among the semi-finalists’ artworks including Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese MP, horse trainer Gai Waterhouse AO, and Australian personalities Asher Keddie, Akmal Saleh, Matt Preston, Jack Charles, Peter Overton AM and John Howard (actor).  Self portraits and portraits of fellow artists were submitted as a reflection of the lockdown conditions that Australia has experienced in recent times.

Leading Australian artists feature alongside previous DMNPP winners and emerging artists in the list of semi-finalists announced today (see below).  The 151 semi-finalists are now one step closer to winning $150,000 in Australia’s richest art prize.

The judges of the 2021 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize are Emeritus Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia Daniel Thomas AM, prominent Australian artist and 2017 DMNPP winner Tim Storrier AM and Peter Moran, Managing Director of the Moran Health Care Group.  Peter’s parents Doug and Greta Moran AO established the Moran Arts Foundation in 1988.

Judge Tim Storrier AM commented

“In trying to identify portraits of quality there is much more to consider than just ‘likeness of sitter’.  One must consider; scale, colour, tone, composition, surface and drawing etc all of which come into it.   In the end, I look for that heightened sense of presence of the figure in space – a penetrating instant that conveys the intense physical and spiritual presence of the sitter – this can be achieved in a good portrait.”

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize entries are original artworks from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their circle of experience. Works are 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 DMNPP finalists will be announced on Monday 1 November and the winner declared on Friday 30 November followed by an online exhibition.

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View semi finalist artworks here
Margaret Ackland NSW Lockdown double portrait Margaret Ackland, Victor Branson
Simon Adams Vic Waterhouse Gai Waterhouse AO
Jordan Andreotta WA Harry Neesham Harry Neesham
Deborah Angus NSW Peter Overton AM Peter Overton AM
Jill Ansell WA Jack of all trades Eric Nidd
Troy Argyros Vic The painter Lauren Jones
Chris Arnol WA Eroding Piece by Piece Bruce Byatt, Deputy Chief, Tasmania Fire Service
Rita Attwood Vic Mickael Mickael
Andrew Baines SA Home land security John Baines
Natasha Ber Vic Janet in the lockdown Janet Dawson
Andrew Bonneau Qld Self portrait in armour Andrew Bonneau
Warren Breninger Vic Self portrait at 73 #29 Warren Breninger
Celene E Bridge WA Georgeite Peter J. Bridge
Renee Broders Vic Smith Street hero Jack Charles
Christopher Brown NSW Peering from behind the blue door Dissonance
Lyndell Green and Charles Brown Vic Mr Wanambi Mr Wanambi
Isabella Bruzzese NSW A room, a lover, a chair, and a shadow David Griggs
Daniel Butterworth Vic Self giving my all Daniel Butterworth
Daniel Butterworth Vic Dale Dale Hardy
Matt Butterworth Vic Untitled M Meadow Bowden Butterworth
Mitch Cairns NSW Michael Snape Michael Snape
Michelle Campbell WA Purple for Lent Hollis Wilson
Rachel Coad WA Tim 3rd degree Burns II Tim Burns
Andy Comisso Vic Portrait of Cherry Parker Cherry Parker
James Congdon Qld Art is my friend James Congdon
Yvette Coppersmith Vic The emerald mantle Steph Hodgins-May
Tony Costa NSW Roger Scott 2021 Roger Scott
Greg Creek Vic Diecast-speech painting (picture of David Sequeira) David Sequeira
Warren Crossett Vic Assurance in disorder Micah Crossett
Michael Crowley WA I am James James Bol Chang
Jayne Curle Qld The insanity of perfectionism Jayne Curle
Susannah Curtis Tas Sacrifice Ishmael Case
Susannah Curtis Tas Okiiaani Seona Hume
Dagmar Cyrulla Vic From red earth to red carpet Kym Ellery
Dagmar Cyrulla Vic Bella granddaughter of Constance Stokes Bella d’Abrera
David Darcy NSW Ronni Ronni Kahn AO
Sinead Davies NSW Love is a red rose Sonya
Penny Dowie SA The photographer and self Jacqui Way
Graeme Drendel Vic Portrait of Murray Walker Murray Walker
James Drinkwater NSW I want exactly what you want (portrait of Lottie Consalvo) Lottie Consalvo
Jaye Early SA Masato Takasaka Masato Takasaka
Katherine Edney NSW Monsters on the outside, monsters on the inside Katherine Edney and Benjamin Pollett
John Edwards NSW Self portrait with Ruby Tongue hanging out John Edwards and Dog Ruby
Esther Erlich Vic Alma Alma Zigier
Vincent Fantauzzo Vic Muse Asher Keddie
Josef Felber SA Mimi as Salome Mimi Sanders
David Fenoglio Qld Rebecca Rebecca Grace
Rikki Fisher NSW Sailor Mac Ian (Mac) McFarlane
Matt Foley NSW Tranquillity Matt Foley
Zoe Freney SA Self With Beluga Zoe Freney
Hong Fu Vic Portrait of Alex Miller Alex Miller
Ben Fuog Vic Father, Son, Dog Ben Fuog
Chris Garner WA Murphious John Merolla
Jae George NSW It’s all in the hands Rodney Pople
Mertim Gokalp NSW Portrait of Matt Preston – Lockdown Menu Matt Preston
Jaq Grantford Vic Born beautiful Lisa McManus
Andrew Greensmith Vic Two lives one soul Annetta Able and Stephanie Heller
Andrew Greensmith Vic Kendrah Morgan Heide II and the Bauhaus Chair Kendrah Morgan
Jessica Guthrie NSW Studibaker Hawk Janelle Miles
Janet Hayes Vic Observation and stillness self portrait Janet Hayes
Clive Holden Qld Veivers tribute to Paladio Andrew Veivers
Sean Hutton NSW Tamara Dean Tamara Dean
Polly Ifould Vic Shirley Shackleton Prime Minister I just want the Truth Shirley Shackleton
Polly Ifould Vic Renaissance man Barry Jones
Margaret Ingles Qld Kim Kim Ingles
Adam Jauczius NSW Mark Oats, the fiddle player Mark Oats
Shane Jones Vic City light and reflections Shane Jones
Brittany Jones Vic It feels worse than it looks Brittany Jones
Martin King Vic John Wolseley old master John Wolseley
Jasper Knight NSW The house always wins Max Germanos
Kate Kurucz SA Home Julia Robinson and Roy Ananda
Thomas Kuss NSW Butta stripes Basma Attia
Suzanne Lawson WA Rachel in the blue light Rachel Phillips
Kim Leutwyler NSW Kat Kat Dopper
Dora Levakis Vic Juluba Henry Numamurdirdi (Juluba)
Steve Lopes NSW Kirsten Banks Kirsten Banks
Steve Lopes NSW Huffy Giovanni Natoli
Susan Ma NSW Ron Ramsey and Vermeer’s chair Ron Ramsey
Christopher Malouf NSW Social handle Jordan Stenmark and Zac Stenmark
Harley Manifold Vic Leeanna Leeanna Walsman
Sher Mannerheim Vic Yalmay Yunupingu Yalmay Yunupingu
India Mark NSW Nick Santoro painting Nick Santoro
Darren McDonald Vic You where always on my mind Mum & Dad
Kerry McInnis NSW Listening to us (Hugh Mackay AO) Hugh Mackay, AO
Kevin McKay NSW Jay Jay McKay
Margaret McKenna NSW Pat Corrigan, Professional Beggar Pat Corrigan
Tim Messiter NSW Judy Judy Messiter
Anne Middleton Vic Elsa Middleton: wife and mother of artists Elsa Middleton
Tricia Migdoll Vic David Frazer David Frazer
Heather Miller NSW Two thirds (self portrait) Heather Miller
Lewis Miller Vic Richard Richard Manning
Paul Miller NSW Standing in the morning light (self portrait) Paul S. Miller
Ray Monde NSW Tony Tony Albert
Guy Morgan NSW Barefoot self portrait with good eye closed Guy Morgan
Guy Morgan NSW Kevin Connor & Rob Eadie at Bill & Toni’s Kevin Connor & Robert Eadie
Alan Morrison Qld Vecinito II Ivan Oscar Roseiro
Nicholas Mourtzakis Vic Still life self portrait Nicholas Mourtzakis
Kirsty Neilson NSW The Drover Gil Bowman
Paul Newton NSW Self portrait in lockdown Paul Newton
Eleanor Noir SA Wintering Eleanor Noir
Adam Norton NSW Alex Wisser of Kandos Alex Wisser
Liam Nunan NSW Grounded Remy Hii
Lucy O’Doherty NSW Dad and his cat Chris O’Doherty
Jane Parker Qld Flynn at cello practice Flynn Raju
Lori Pensini WA Woman with flathead Lori Pensini
Mica Pillemer Vic Lockdown self portrait Mica Pillemer
Evert Ploeg NSW Eternity – self portrait with Ivana Evert Ploeg with Ivana Daniele
Rodney Pople NSW Self portrait after Courbet  (2) Rodney Pople
James Powditch NSW Anthony Albanese – there will come a time Anthony Albanese
Jamie Preisz NSW The Bushranger of Bunnings 2 Jamie Preisz
Jamie Preisz NSW Warren Ellis Warren Ellis
Dai Qing Liu NSW 16 Month Girl Allie Li
Alun Rhys Jones NSW John Howard John Howard
Mal Ritchie Vic Janelle Janelle Hamer
Melissa Ritchie NSW Down the Rabbit Hole Akmal Saleh
Rachael Robb Vic Self portrait, glass of water and Ampelmann Mug Rachael Robb
Mark Rowden NSW Salvatore Zofrea Salvatore Zofrea
Ben Ryan NSW Lockdown self portrait 2 Ben Ryan
Fiona Rylko NSW Dress-ups Kasia
Lynn Savery Vic Eloise da Silva as a fallen heroine (after Manet) Eloise da Silva
Elif Sezen Vic Portrait of Ania Walwicz with her beard Ania Walwicz
Jiawei Shen NSW A prince’s family Fu family: Jie, Linda and Roy
Evan Shipard NSW The stunt mullet Paul Wallace
Michael Simms NSW Zaachariaha Zaachariaha Fielding
Todd Simpson Vic Still screwed up Todd Simpson
Andrea Sinclair Vic Surrender Sarah Walker
Peter Smeeth NSW Jiri Kripac with the lockdown blues Jiri Kripac
Peter Smeeth NSW Trompe-l’oeil self-portrait with old door Peter Smeeth
Timothy Snowdon NSW David Dave Argaet
Wendy Spindler Vic In the sky with diamonds Jennifer Whitten
Wendy Spindler Vic ISO Wendy Spindler
Claus Stangl NSW Sam Simmons Sam Simmons
Oliver Stokes Hughes NSW Synecdoche Oliver Stokes Hughes
Trish Tait NSW Nobody knows me like my piano Tom Hogarth
Roxy Tsui Vic Woman eating pumpkin puree Yuedda Sio
Michael Vale Vic Our ghostly crew (Michael Vale & Donna McRae with others) Michael Vale / Donna McRae
David van Nunen NSW Self portrait at Waterfall, Collins Beach David van Nunen
Craig Waddell NSW Self portrait floating in a sea of paint Craig Waddell
Brooke Walker SA Lament Brooke Walker
Natasha Walsh NSW The gaze (self-portrait after Klimt) Natasha Walsh
Kat Weir Vic Kitiya Kitiya Palaskas
Bruce Whatley NSW Remember when Rosie Smith
Vicki White NSW Us 2021 Vicki White & Eric Lobbecke
James Wild WA Joni: In time Joni Sercombe
Madeleine Winch NSW Solitude (self portrait) Madeleine Winch
Sally Winch Kay Vic Home schooling.  A portrait of three artists Lizzie Dennis and daughters Agnes and Margot Dennis
Birrunga Wiradyuri Qld Mirror Birrunga Wiradyuri
Stefan Wirihana Mau Vic Whakaahua Kiriaro (self portrait) triptych, 2021 Stefan Wirihana Mau
Jonathon Woolven SA Doubt Jonathon Woolven
Anne-Marie Zanetti Qld Introspection Anne-Marie Zanetti
Michelle Zuccolo Vic Nik, the Mediterranean mathematician Nik Sakellaropoulos
View semi finalist artworks here