COFFS Harbour art-lovers will be among the first in the country to view the portrait that won RailCorp Worker James Brennan the Bald Archy prize for the second year in a row - an unprecedented achievement.
Last year, Brennan's 'The Official Portrait of the Danish Royal Family' won him the coveted $5000 prize, but this year it is his satirical portrait of racehorse trainer Bart Cummings -'Old Owl Eyes Is Back'- that saw him become the first person to win the Bald Archy two years running.
“The Bunker Cartoon Gallery will be the first stop in the touring exhibition of the Bald Archy finalists this year, with the portraits coming straight from Canberra where the winner was announced on April 11,” said Louise Rawson-Harris, co-ordinator of the Bunker Cartoon Gallery, where the Bald Archy entries will be exhibited.
“We are very proud to be able to bring this popular and hilarious exhibition to Coffs Coast audiences again this year. All 45 entries, coming from artists all over the country, will be on display at the Bunker for three weeks from April 11 and I would encourage everyone to come along to take a look at these works of art,” she said.
Portraits entered into the Bald Archy Prize, which is the satirical alternative to the more serious Archibald Prize.
The Opening Night event begins at 5pm, on Saturday, April 11, and entry is $10. Subsequent entry to the exhibition costs $5 for adults and $3 for children.