Semi Finalists – 2022 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

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Portraits of Deborah Cheetham AO alongside Hugh Jackman with Deborra-Lee Furness AO and Adam Goodes are amongst the 2022 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi-Finalists

We are excited to announce 214 semi-finalists in the 2022 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP), Australia’s richest portrait prize.  Portraits of Australians, both well known and unknown, are among the semi-finalists’ artworks depicting actors, activists, politicians, artists, doctors, sports stars and many self portraits, in a selection from almost every corner of the country.

Both emerging and renowned Australian artists feature in the list of semi-finalists announced today (see below).  The semi-finalists are in the running for a $150,000 first prize and will be whittled down to 30 finalists announced on November 3 ahead of the final judging and announcement on November 30.

The semi-finalists were selected from a field that saw a large increase in entries over the previous year, returning the interest in the Prize to pre-COVID levels and ensuring a robust field of incredible skill and competition according to the judges.

The 2022 Prize is judged by Gerard Vaughan AM, Australian art historian and museum administrator, Lucy Culliton, one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists and Peter Moran, Moran Arts Foundation.  Peter’s parents Doug and Greta Moran AO established the Moran Arts Foundation in 1988 to fulfil their dream of helping Australian artists along the path to excellence.

Judge Gerard Vaughan AM commented

“It has been a pleasure and privilege to participate in the judging of the Moran Prize. I have been impressed by the sheer quality of works submitted, and the variety of ways in which so many artists have explored – and extended – the idea of what a portrait could be, what it tells us about both the sitter and the painter, and the personal and social contexts which each painter explores. Our years of confronting the pandemic are one theme. I have also been very struck by the interesting self portraits submitted, and by the high number of portraits of an artist’s painter friends. In fact, this fascinating body of work represents not only each painter’s ‘reflection’ of another human being, so often emotional, deeply personal and heartfelt, but also the ideas, interests and tastes which define a moment in time – right now, here in Australia.”

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize judges original artworks from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from the artist’s 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.

Read more about the Prize here 


  • Finalists will be notified on 3 Nov 2022
  • Winner announced: 30 Nov 2022


The winner of the 2022 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize will receive $150,000


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List of 2022 Semi-Finalists

First name Last name Entry State Sitter’s Name/s
Margaret Ackland Self Portrait with Still Life and Studio Interior. NSW Margaret Ackland
Luke Adams Self-Portrait with Hoodie VIC Luke Adams
Matt Adnate State of Mind NSW Tedashii Cora, Bilin-lorikeet
Adam Alcorn Joan NSW Joan Forest
Phil Alldis Dad NSW Len Alldis
Zima Anderson A poet will always mesmerise the soul VIC Nyaluak M Leth
Sarah Anthony Frontline VIC Ange Kelly, Clinical Nurse Specialist , Trish Kelly, Clinical Support Nurse
Daryl Austin Self Portrait (studying a painting) 2022 SA Daryl Austin
Roz Avent Pip VIC Pip Avent
Peter Barker rememberance WA Marta Garcia
Michael Bell Starting a portrait of Mark Mordue. NSW Mark Mordue
Owen John Biljabu Corban Clause Williams WA Corban Clause Williams
Joe Blundell In the shadow of Charlie’s hair VIC Charlie Blundell
Denise Bond Michael the Mountaineer VIC Michael Bond
Frank Boyle Self-Portrait…Unmasked! NSW Frank Boyle
Alanah Brand Chest Pain VIC Alanah Ellen Brand
Claus Bredow Aunt Paula Duncan, Gamilaroy elder NSW Aunty Paula Duncan
Cynthia Breusch In the pink – a self-portrait NSW Cynthia Breusch
Cynthia Breusch Night Studio No.2 NSW Cynthia Breusch
Martin Bruckard Adam Goodes VIC Adam Goodes
Daniel Butterworth My Own worst enemy VIC Daniel Butterworth
Daniel Butterworth Self Phone in pocket VIC Daniel Butterworth
Daniel Butterworth Self enamel VIC Daniel Butterworth
Carmel Byrne Stephanie Di Como NSW Stephanie Di Como
Echo (Zi Xuan) Cai A Spring Windy Afternoon VIC Tammy Zhao Yang
Ann Cape Alice and friend NSW Guy Warren OAM
Adrienne Casey Everything Old Will Be New Again NSW Michael James Casey
Jacky Ming How Chan Pouring bronze QLD Brendon Tohill
Angela Chauvin Self Portrait, In Healing VIC Self, Angela Chauvin
Wei Bin Chen Self portrait smiling NSW Wei Bin Chen
Kenneth Chu The Keneally Stories NSW Thomas Keneally
Claude Ciccone The New Kid on the Block VIC Mira Ciccone (daughter),Sasha (Jack Russell), Gigi (French Bulldog)
Rachel Coad The imaginative historian, self-portrait. WA Rachel Coad
Joshua Cocking The inward urge WA Joshua Cocking
Ray Coffey Ray Coffey QLD Ray Coffey
Barbara Conn Vanda QLD Vanda Weidenbach
Tony Costa Simon Chan No 2 NSW Simon Chan
Fiona Cotton Rosary ACT Ann Maree Clark
Greg Creek Hungry-Caterpillar painting (Dementia or Pat) VIC Pat Creek
Richard Cutler Portrait of John Cutler OAM – Bespoke Tailor NSW John H Cutler
David Darcy Patrice Newell A dark place NSW Patrice Newell AM
Jenny Davies Nothing to Wear WA Jane Hebiton Tassell
Jackson Davies Kings Cross Studio 2022 NSW Chris Field
Sue de Vanny Overboard – Self Portrait VIC Sue de Vanny
Graeme Drendel Portrait of Lewis Miller VIC Lewis Miller
Leoni Duff Behind me, Looking Ahead- Self Portrait TAS Leoni Duff – Self Portrait
Nicolette Eisdell The Crown Prosecutor NSW Virginia Lydiard
Jeremy Elkington Self-Portrait in Ideal Interior Space VIC Jeremy Elkington
Esther Erlich David Hallberg VIC David Hallberg
David Fairbairn Double Lives_D.F.& S.A.No.2 NSW David Fairbairn , Suzanne Archer
Betina Fauvel-Ogden David Astle VIC David Astle
Glenda Fell Jones Christopher Wardlaw Jones Witnessing the Last Loss of Essendon Football Club’s 2022 Season VIC Christopher Dylan Wardlaw Jones
David Fenoglio Self-portait wearing hat QLD David Fenoglio
Anne Field Barely here or there ACT John Clifford Biddle
Rikki Fisher The Baker’s Daughter NSW Michelle Alethea Agioritis
Sophie Freshwater Transition of self VIC Sophie Freshwater
Hong Fu An International Trade And Tax Economist VIC Mohsin Khan
Vivien Gaston Maudie: Portrait of Maudie Palmer VIC Maudie Palmer AO
Drewfus Gates Te End Game – Lawrence Marshal WA Lawrence Marshall
Xavier Ghazi Nick Stathopoulos artist NSW Nick Stathopoulos
Anna-Carien Goosen Christmas at Broken Hill Farm NSW Marieta Goosen
Jamie Grant Liv’s Apartment VIC Olivia Fleming
Jaq Grantford Bald VIC Jaq Grantford
Jane Grealy Transit QLD Stacey Robinson
Gary Grealy Tim NSW Tim Storrier
Gary Grealy Self Portrait NSW Gary Grealy
Andrew Greensmith Portrait of Rick Amor VIC Rick Amor
Jane Guthleben Kylea NSW Kylea Tink
Allis Hamilton Where the old horse wanders on the crest of the hill VIC Allis Hamilton
Sophie Hann Untitled SA Sophie Hann
Elizabeth Hartland Carnival Ian VIC Ian van Driel
Katherine Hattam Helen Garner and a Takeaway Between Covid Lockdowns VIC Helen Garner
Jacqueline Hennessy And Kerbstone cool, you were a freshly painted angel NSW Shannon Murphy
Tom Hermann I, Wonder SA Leonie Dean
Sarah Hickey Saint George (with child) QLD George Hickey
Edwina Hoey Bobby QLD Coran Connolly (Bobby)
Marie Honore In red VIC Marie Honoré
Ksenija Hrnjak Self portrait NSW Ksenija Hrnjak
Colin Husband Guy Warren in his own image NSW Guy Warren
Sean Hutton Sophie and Ruby NSW Sophie Catchlove and Ruby the cat
Emma Itzstein Self portrait, revisited… again VIC Self portrait
Michael Iwanoff …throughtheclearing… WA Andrew Mallard
Brad Jamieson Self Portrait as Hygeia SA Brad Jamieson
Matthew Kane Self Portrait NSW Matthew Kane
Solomon Karmel-Shann Portrait of the artist with a blank canvas ACT Solomon Karmel-Shann
Tia Kassambalis Smiling boy VIC Farhad Bandesh
Janne Kearney Art Simone (AKA Jack Daye) and Jack Daye VIC Art Simone (AKA Jack Daye) and Jack Daye
Matthew Kentmann Noah NSW Noah Campbell Kentmann
Martin King A day in the life of Richard Lewer VIC Richard Lewer
Mike Kowalski Pinnacle VIC Mike Kowalski
Zai Kuang Girl and toy VIC Celia Hill
Kenneth Lambert Self Contained NSW Kenneth Lambert
Janis Lander NC Qin NSW Nancy Qin Yu
Marie Larkin I have Become What I Love NSW Marie Larkin
Mary Larnach Jones Latest self portrait, possibly my last having reached 80 years. VIC Mary Larnach Jones
Naomi Lawler Self-Portrait at 36 (After Nora Heysen) NSW Naomi Lawler
Nerissa Lea Reg with beard and pencil TAS Reg Lynch
Michael Legge-Wilkinson Gulpilil Dreaming WA David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu
Qi Liu Wendy QLD Wendy Hooker
Rosy Lloyd Professor Ross Fitzgerald After Open Heart Surgery NSW Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM
Kathrin Longhurst Bianca Spender – Modern Icon NSW Bianca Spender
Steve Lopes Warren Ellis, Portrait Study NSW Warren Ellis
Tasha Lorenz The Lighthouse Keeper NSW Leigh Mansfield
Tania Lucas Losing Jayda VIC Jayda Lucas-Lorimer, Tania Lucas (self-portrait)
Susan Ma Determination NSW Ron Ramsey
Susan Ma Howard and da Vinci robot NSW Howard Lau
Alison Mackay Dear Ancestor (Portrait of Andrew Barnum) NSW Andrew Barnum
Robert Malherbe Lulu NSW Lulu
Margaret J Mapperson John Jarratt – Dreaming in the bright blue sky NSW John Jarratt
Felicity Martens I step away from myself SA Self
Kathleen Mason The War Widow NSW Katie Norton
Kiata Mason Denzil with mum Justine NSW Justine Muller and Denzil
Samuel Massey Les VIC Leslie Rice
Samuel Massey Les Le Penseur VIC Leslie Rice
Terry Matassoni Portrait of Jan Senbergs VIC Jan Senbergs
Sarah McBride Shiny WA Simon Page aka Shiny
Morna McIlraith The Senator with Live Sheep. Mark Pearson MLC NSW Senator Mark Pearson
Linda McInally Wendy Allen: Life’s commitment and abundance QLD Wendy Allen
Kerry McInnis Chester Nealie and Friends at Goanna Ridge NSW Chester Nealie
Margaret Mckenna Patrick Corrigan, Professional Beggar NSW Patrick Corrigan
Hollie McKenzie I Play Alone NSW Bea Bea
Lisa McKimmie Editor at Large NSW Belinda Luscombe
Tom McMahon A Slow Selfie VIC Tom McMahon (self-portrait)
Philip Meatchem Mister Brough NSW Alan Brough
Joshua Miels Downhearted SA Alex Howard
tricia migdoll Sofia VIC Sofia Barham
Neil Miley Concept, Action, Critique Evert Ploeg NSW Evert Ploeg
Paul Miller Beneath the cleaving light / a self portrait NSW Paul S. Miller
Lewis Miller Graeme Drendel VIC Graeme Drendel
Nigel Milsom Judo-house part: 11 (together through life) NSW Graham Henry
James Money Self Portrait (Hanging on a wall) VIC James Money
Gayene Moor Jess QLD Jess leClerc
Guy Morgan Reflective self-portrait with Holli, bare feet and good eye closed NSW Guy Morgan
Charleen Morris Smith Street Elders and Friends QLD Rod McNicol
Alan Morrison Beech Grove QLD Neil Beech
Eleni Nakopoulos Ray Lawrence-Moment in Time NSW Ray Lawrence
Petra Nancarrow Tea with Nana QLD Jenny Nancarrow
Andrew Neilan 40 plus 9 QLD Andrew Neilan
Kirsty Neilson A decade in Afghanistan NSW Andrew Quilty
Elizabeth Nelson Through the Looking Glass VIC Elizabeth Nelson
Pieter Neve The Plumber NSW Pieter Neve
Paul Newton Portrait of Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness #2 NSW Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness
Liam Nunan Heather learning lines NSW Heather Mitchell AM
Liam Nunan Heather NSW Heather Mitchell AM
Liam Nunan Self Portrait NSW Liam Nunan
Lucy O’Doherty Self-Portrait in pink room NSW Lucy O’Doherty
Jane O’Hara Chris Hammer -Crime Fiction Author NSW Chris Hammer
Sean O’Keeffe Tiriel Mora NSW Tiriel Mora
Tim O’Shea John Brewster – The Angels SA John Brewster
Agnes Parcesepe Yinka VIC Yinka Olorunnife
Roslyn Parry Ana NSW Ana
Dinesh Pasupathyrajan The Myna VIC Toshi SIngh
Sid Pattni Self Portrait #3 WA Sid Pattni
Justin Pearson Mark “Cal” Callaghan / from the band GANGgajang NSW Mark Callaghan
Amanda Penrose Hart Reg NSW Reg Mombassa
Micheila Petersfield Yellow Tinted Glasses TAS Micheila Petersfield
Simone Piccioni ‘A memento vitae’ in service to public health NSW Professor Tania C Sorrell AM, MBBS, MD (Research), FRACP, FAHMS and Professor Gwendolyn Gilbert AO, MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCPA, M. Bioethics
Mica Pillemer A Portrait of Wonder VIC Gaius Pillemer
Evert Ploeg The hand gestures to who we are – a portrait of Leila Jeffreys NSW Leila Jeffreys
Alice Pulvers Self-Portrait with Koi ACT Self-portrait …Alice Pulvers
Bill Rainbowbeard Dug up Nathan NSW Nathan Puata
Caitlin Reily Zelimir after Gary after Velazquez NSW Zelimir Harasty
Jenny Rodgerson Wave – Self Portrait VIC Jenny Rodgerson
Sally Ryan Self-Portrait in Red Skirt NSW Sally Ryan
Lino Savery Roma VIC Eryca Green
Cam Scale When the Light comes around NSW Robert Hannaford AM
Simon Schneider Obsession VIC Mervyn Schneider
Simon Schneider Living in Paradise VIC Mervyn and Judith Schneider
Rachel Scholich Uncle Jack Charles SA Jack Charles
Michael Simms Brendan NSW Brendan De La Hay
Josh Simpson Life’s a Beach VIC Josh Simpson
Randall Sinnamon Mr. D. Max Taylor NSW Max Taylor
Dee Smart Navigating a new world NSW Kim Leutwyler
Peter Smeeth Cathy Wilcox, Cartoonist NSW Cathy Wilcox
Kim Smith Brittany Higgins: I speak to you today out of necessity NSW Brittany Higgins
Tim Snowdon Cara NSW Cara Withers
Loribelle Spirovski Marylouise in the gold room NSW Marylouise McLaws
Ines Stewart Everywoman NSW June Chilcott
James Stickland Singing Inside QLD Self Portrait
James Stickland Swiss Army Knife QLD Peter Berner
James Stickland The Cruel World QLD Ebony Busk
Jacqui Stockdale Saying Goodbye VIC Rick Stirling
Liz Stute Yesterdays woman sits alone VIC Liz Stute
Vicki Sullivan The Stolen Songline of Miss Roselands 2 year old VIC Deborah Cheetham
Liz M Sullivan Sweetness and Sardines VIC Annie O’Shannessy
Caroline Thew Active Hope VIC Rob Baillieu
Anna Thompson Kiss My Ass MND NSW Mitchell Anttilla
Mark Thompson The Cancer Finishing School : Peter Goldsworthy SA Dr Peter Goldsworthy
Jacqueline Tiepermann The Toymaker VIC Manny Stul
Datsun Tran Self-portrait with pestilence SA Datsun Tran
Datsun Tran Scars of an artist SA Datsun Tran
Joanne Turner And then you were gone- a portrait of my Mother QLD Janice Sinclair Turner
Steve Tyerman Between Two Worlds – Self Portrait QLD Steve Tyerman
Chris van der Craats James Smeaton with a cat VIC James Smeaton
Jim Van Geet EM VIC Emili Rackemann
Tony Albert Vincent Namatjira Blackfella Bananas NSW Vincent Namatjira and Tony Albert
Craig Waddell From Inside My Every Waking Dream – Self Portrait NSW Craig Waddell
Craig Waddell I See Flower Monsters Inside My Every Waking Dreams – Self Portrait Craig Waddell NSW Craig Waddell
Angela Walker MeMe SA Self portrait
Natasha Walsh Dear Ben NSW Natasha Walsh
Adrianna Wasinska-Fabain Connection WA Self portrait
Graham Watson It never rains but it pours NSW Graham Albert Watson
Tamas Wells A life building peace: Professor John Langmore AM (copy) VIC John Langmore
Bruce Whatley Self Portrait: Self Doubt NSW Bruce Whatley (self)
Naomi White Keeping us healthy through science QLD Professor Ian Frazer AC
marcus wills Jack and Nikki VIC Jack Riley, Nikki Tarling
Mel Wilson Roller Coaster (Self-Portrait) VIC Mel Jane Wilson
Renee Wilson Embracing Identity QLD Mangunudkija Toby
Madeleine Winch Soliloquy NSW Madeleine Winch (self portrait)
Debra Winn David VIC David McAllister AC
Stefan Wirihana Mau Whakaahua Kiriaro (Self-Portrait) 2022 VIC Self-Portrait
Angus Wishart Darkness and Light VIC Hugh Sheridan
Callum Worsfold Self portrait NSW Callum Worsfold
Lucila Zentner Kangaroo (Dreaming) NSW Alma Salta Zentner-Pitman