The northern rivers is proving itself to be a hot spot for acclaimed painters, with three regional artists selected as finalists in this year’s Archibald, Wynne and Sulman art prizes.
And another artist from the region is the subject of a finalist in the Archies.
The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Friday at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Angus McDonald’s portrait painting of Abbe May is one of 47 finalists vying for the pretigious Archibald Prize.
Robert Ryan has two paintings selected: ‘Belongil Fields’ is one of 39 finalists in the Wynne Prize, and his painting ‘Subdivision #2’ is one of 24 finalists in the Sir John Sulman Prize. Both were on display at Byron Bay’s Lone Goat Gallery in February.
Celia Morgan’s painting ‘Terra nullius’ is also a finalist in the Wynne Prize.
Bangalow local and former Sulman prize-winning artist, Peter Powditch, is the subject of Archibald finalist Mitch Cairns.