Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NAS graduate wins 2009 Archibald Prize

Guy Maestri has won the 2009 Archibald Prize with his painting of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupinguoil (on linen – 200cm x 168cm). Guy was inspired to use Gurrumul as his subject having seen him perform live last year on New Year's Eve, which was "truly an unforgettable experience."

The opportunity to meet with Gurrumul was limited - 40 minutes at Sydney airport before he flew to the US, during which time Guy sketched and studied him closely. The painting was completed after a month's work, with Guy listening intently to Gurrumul's music most of the time.

Born in Mudgee, NSW in 1974, Maestri completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) in painting at the National Art School in 2003. He has had solo exhibitions at the Tim Olsen Gallery and was a finalist in the 2007 and 2008 Dobell Drawing Prize.

Peter Hanley, currently a second year student here at the School, is also a finalist in this year's Archibald.

Congratulations to both!