Finalists Announced | Archibald, Sulman and Salon des Refusês

Published on 8 Jul 2016 10:39:10 am

The 2016 Archibald, Sulman and Salon des Refusês Finalists AnnouncedArt Prize Finalists 2016 - Mirra Whale, Steve Lopes, George Gittoes

'Dr Philip Nitschke' by Mirra Whale   |   'Beast' by George Gittoes   |   'Self Portrait' by Steve Lopes

Mitchell Fine Art congratulates Mirra Whale, George Gittoes and Steve Lopes for their selection into this year’s Archibald Prize, Sulman Prize and the Salon des Refuses.

Each year these prestigious exhibitions are highly anticipated events on the Australian art calendar.

The Archibald Prize is Australia’s most recognized art prize and awarded to the best portrait painting ‘of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia.’

The award attracts some of Australia’s most prominent artists and is displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

For the third consecutive year Mirra Whale been selected as a finalist.  Whale’s entry is of Dr Philip Nitschke (pictured). Known as ‘Dr Death’, Nitschke is a former doctor and pioneered for many years to administer legal and voluntary euthanasia in Australia.

The Sulman coincides with the Archibald exhibition and is awarded to ‘the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media’ by an Australian artist. The Sulman Prize is also displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW.

George Gittoes has been a frequent finalist in the Sulman and 2016 will be the fourth time he has been selected. Gittoes artwork  ‘The Beast’ references the beast of Wall Street and the way corporate America caused the collapse of the world economy through their greed and voracious appetite for money and power.

In 1993 Gittoes was awarded the Wynne Prize and has been a finalist three times. Gittoes has also been selected for the Archibald Prize four times.

On display at the SH Ervin Gallery the Salon des Refuses is an annual exhibition known as the ‘alternative’ selection from the hundreds of entries submitted to the Archibald and Sulman prizes.

This year Steve Lopes has been selected for the Salon des Refuses for his self portrait (pictured). Known as a figurative artist Lopes is a frequent finalist in other national art prizes such as the Kilgour Figurative Art Prize, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and the Percival Portrait Painting Prize. 

We wish all the entrants the best of luck and look forward to the announcement of the winners and people’s choice awards over the next few weeks.

For more information on any of the artists please contact the gallery on 07 3254 2297 or

Kudditji Kame Kngwarreye & Idris Murphy exhibition, showing from June 10th.

A selection of Aboriginal and Contemporary artworks available in the gallery stockroom.

Congratulations to 2020 John Leslie Art Prize Finalist Min-Woo Bang.