Prudence Flint – Finalist in the 2019 Archibald Prize

In News May 2, 2019

Image: Prudence Flint The stand 2019, oil on linen, 122.5 x 102.5 cm

Congratulations to Prudence Flint who has been selected as a finalist in this years Archibald Prize for her evocative and richly atmospheric painting ‘The stand’

The subject of Prudence Flint’s portrait, Richard Stringer, is a Melbourne-based artist working across the fields of sculpture, painting and video.

‘I first met Richard in my 20s at a party when I was in my last year of art school. He promised to take me on a road trip up north, somewhere I’d never been before. He has been my companion and confidante for over 30 years, and in that time, we have lived, worked and travelled extensively together,’ says Flint.

‘He has been integral to my development as an artist and has been my constant witness for that time, and we have shared many passions. There has always been a candour and independence within the relationship. Last year I set out to paint, like in a dream, an intimate bedroom scene of Richard with a simulacrum of another woman.’

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike. The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

The $100,000 prize will be awarded, in the terms of the will of the late JF Archibald dated 15 March 1916, to the best portrait ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the pictures’. Entries in the Archibald are also eligible to be considered for the $1,500 Packing Room Prize and the $3,500 ANZ People’s Choice Award.

The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and Wynne, and invite an artist to judge the Sulman.

Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes on 11 August and see the work of budding artists aged 5–18 on display in the Young Archies.

To view all finalists in the 2019 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, click here


Prudence Flint is a Melbourne based artist. She has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart and has exhibited in major state and regional galleries and is a sixth time finalist in the Archibald Prize. She recently won the St Kevin’s Art Show Prize (2018), the Len Fox Painting Award (2016), the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2010), and was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2004). Her work is held in the collections of the City of Port Phillip, Artbank, BHP Billiton, City of Gold Coast, University of Wollongong, Castlemaine Art Museum and in numerous private collections in Australia and New Zealand. Reproductions of Flint’s paintings have recently appeared in international publications including Oh Comely (UK), It’s Nice That; Printed Pages (UK), and in Australia, Art Monthly Australia, Australian Art Collector and Art + Australia. Flint is represented by Australian Galleries in Melbourne, Bett Gallery in Hobart. She is to have her first international show at Mother’s Tankstation Limited Dublin 8 May – 29 June 2019.