Congratulations to Nicholas Harding, winner of the 2001 Archibald Prize for his portrait of John Bell as King Lear
The Trustees would also like to make special mention of the work Jackie and Kerryn by Jenny Sages.
Harding is a fan of the Bell Shakespeare Company and has seen all their productions since the company's debut. But it was their production of King Lear starring John Bell and directed by Barrie Kosky, which really fired Harding's imagination. "I sat in the front row," he says. "It was very dramatic and exciting, and John's performance was riveting."
The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards. Its primary aims are to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.