Visual Arts: The Lester Prize

23 October 2019

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9 Nov – 9 Dec @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by Art Gallery of WA ·

Same Prize. Different Face. The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, one of the country’s richest prizes for portraiture has been renamed The Lester Prize in honour of the award’s leading patron, Richard Lester. Forty finalists from across Australia have been selected from over 400 entrants for this year’s The Lester Prize. Amongst this year’s finalists, 15 were WA artists, 10 were from VIC, 9 from NSW, with the remaining 6 from QLD, TAS and the ACT.

Subjects of the works range from self-portraits to people who have played a significant part in the artists’ lives. The Lester Prize is celebrating its thirteenth anniversary in 2019 and its fourth year at the Art Gallery of WA.

The total prize pool available to emerging and professional artists is over $77,000, making it the third richest prize in Australia. The Awards will be announced on 8 November at the Awards Night at AGWA.

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Pictured: Lori Pensini Banksia grandis—love begets love 2019. Oil on linen, 230 x 130 cm.

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Maureen Levy

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