Warren Lane's version of ‘The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus’ featuring Gina Rinehardt and her youngest daughter Ginia is the winer of the 2013 Bald Archy Award.
Warren Lane's version of ‘The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus’ featuring Gina Rinehardt and her youngest daughter Ginia is the winer of the 2013 Bald Archy Award.

Bald Archy entries to return to Coffs

THE return to Coffs Harbour of the hugely popular Bald Archy exhibition is almost here.

Bunker Cartoon Galler curator/director Dr Leigh Summers said the 2013 return of the Bald Archy Prize will be marked with an official opening night on May 10 at 6pm. 

"Next to the Archibald Prize, the Bald Archy Prize is Australia's most famous painting competition and is celebrated for its comic and satiric portraits of Australians famous for their place in the arts, science, literature, politics, sport and media spheres," Dr Summers said.

Bald Archy Tour director Peter Batey recently announced that Warren Lane is this year's winner with his version of 'The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus' by the 17th century Dutch painter Jan Victor. 

Lane's version features Gina Rinehardt and her youngest daughter Ginia at a banquet that includes a chocolate cake topped with ganache. 

References to her fortune and investments in Fairfax Media shares embellish the canvas, while youngest daughter Ginia alerts Gina of the plot by siblings John and Bianca to join their sister Hope in legal action against their mother. 

Ms Rinehardt was the subject of a total of eight entries this year. Other subjects included John Singleton and Geoffrey Rush, Coffs Harbour's own Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Tom Waterhouse, Peter FitzSimons and Cardinal George Pell. 

"Of course, as everyone knows, Peter Batey maintains that for the past 20 years, Maude the cockatoo has been the sole judge and she chooses the winners with a mixture of squawking and head-bobbing," said Dr Summers.

The Opening Night celebration begins at 6pm. It costs $10 at the door and includes refreshments. 

The exhibition will run until June 8. 

Admission for the Bald Archy Prize show costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. 



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