View Full Version : Archibald Prize Fact or Farce?

01-05-2005, 09:50 AM
John Olsen has won the Archiabld prize with Self Portrait Janus-Faced, which shows him as a blurred shadowy figure looking both ways. His interpretation is that the ancient Roman god Janus could look both way, forward and behind. And himself being an oldie can also look at the past and the future.

Check it out at: www.artsjournal.com/visualarts/ redir/20050428-56634.html

Frankly speaking the painting looks like something a school child would do. You be the judge!

02-05-2005, 09:05 AM
I have since read the SMH arts critic opinion of this painting which points at it being the best of a bad lot and he won the prize because of age etc.

Maybe the prize should not have been awarded.