And the winners are...

18 October 2016
2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture winners announced

2016 Lester Group Prize Winner Rachel Coad with Founding Partner Dick Lester of the Lester GroupArtist Rachel Coad with Founding Partner Dick Lester of the Lester Group

Rachel Coad, a professional artist from Western Australia has won the prestigious $50,000 Lester Group Prize as part of the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, with her portrait of artist Waldemar Kolbusz titled Indian Summer.

In an exciting new initiative – the first of its kind in Australian portrait prizes – the finalists’ also voted for their favourite artwork in the $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize. The winner, as chosen by their peers, was Mark Tweedie with his portrait of a close family friend Ken Bindle titled It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Two artists were Highly Commended and received $500 art gift vouchers from HU Kendall & Co Art Supplies. They were Daniel Smith with his portrait of Ben Elton titled Thinking of you, Shakespeare and Kate Kurucz for her portrait of her father titled Dad and Clams.

Have your say and vote in the $7,500 Amana Living People’s Choice Prize which closes 5pm, Monday 24 October 2016, with the winner being announced on the evening of 26 October 2016.

Congratulations to all of the winners, and also to all of the finalists in this year's exhibition.

Click here to view the winning artworks.


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