Bright Archibald artist encouraged by success

A gallery visitor admires the portrait of Australian cyclist Anna Meares painted by Phillip Barnes.

A gallery visitor admires the portrait of Australian cyclist Anna Meares painted by Phillip Barnes.

BRIGHT artist and Archibald Prize finalist Phillip Barnes reckoned he had “no expectations” after yesterday’s winner was announced as Fiona Lowry for her portrait of architect Penelope Seidler.

Barnes was at Sydney’s Art Gallery of NSW yesterday for the announcement of the $75,000 award.

Among the 54 finalists were Alan Jones’ portrait of AFL footballer Adam Goodes, Sophie Hewson’s depiction of herself kissing singer Missy Higgins and Tim Mag-uire’s double portrait of actress Cate Blanchett.

It was the second time Barnes had been selected as a finalist.

His portrait of Red Symons was selected in 2008.

“I didn’t have any expectations,” Barnes said yesterday.

“I painted this portrait for the Amy Gillett Foundation and it will be auctioned off on behalf of the foundation.”

Barnes said he would most likely enter again next year.

The Archibald exhibition opens to the public today and will be on display until September 28.

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