14 November 2015 – 13 March 2016

Self portraits tend to record a moment, less than a second in the case of photography, but only marginally longer in traditional art media. Yet the idea of ‘becoming’ might be useful in considering self portraiture. Movement and change, reflected in the individual as development and aging, is difficult to summarise visually. For many artists, looking to the future is appealing, but is leavened by the recognition that this moment – the present – is forever lost. The idea of existing somewhere between entropy and transcendence is at the heart of the 2015 National Self-Portrait Prize. The $50,000 invitation-only, acquisitive prize is held by The University of Queensland every two years. The winning work is selected by an independent judge of national stature.

Curator: Michael Desmond

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Artists

Khadim Ali • Jacqueline Bradley • Jon Cattapan • Bindi Cole • Michael Cook • Janet Dawson • eX de Medici • Julia deVille • Emily Hunt • Fiona Foley • Julie Gough • Guan Wei • Marie Hagerty • Nicholas Harding • Anna Hoyle • Lindy Lee • James Lieutenant • Hilarie Mais • Fiona McMonagle • Dan Moynihan • John Nixon • Patricia Piccinini • Andrew Sayers • Tanya Schultz • Pamela See • Tyza Stewart • Christian Thompson • Kensuke Todo • Philip Wolfhagen • Judith Wright


Online catalogue

  • View the exhibition catalogue here
     


Winning artwork

Fiona McMonagle
One hundred days at 7pm 2015
single-channel video animation
00:00:16, looped
Animator and videographer: Declan McMonagle
Courtesy of the artist; Heiser Gallery, Brisbane; and Olsen Irwin, Sydney.
Winner of the National Self-Portrait Prize 2015.

 

Judge's comments

Jason Smith
Curatorial Manager of Australian Art
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

 

Artists

Fiona McMonagle
Winner, National Self-Portrait Prize 2015

 

Jacqueline Bradley
Artist, National Self-Portrait Prize 2015

 

Jon Cattapan
Artist, National Self-Portrait Prize 2015

 

Guan Wei
Artist, National Self-Portrait Prize 2015

 

Curator

Michael Desmond
Curator, National Self-Portrait Prize 2015


Podcasts

  • Listen to Dr Sally Butler, Jon Cattapan, Michael Desmond and Fiona McMonagle discussing contemporary self portraiture, recorded 14 November here
  • Listen to artist talks by Jacqueline Bradley, Julia deVille, Guan Wei, Fiona McMonagle and John Nixon, including curator Michael Desmond speaking about Andrew Sayers. Recorded 14 November here


Media

  • UQ News story here
  • Interview with Curator Michael Desmond here
  • Download images for news and review here

Fiona McMonagle
One hundred days at 7pm 2015
single-channel video animation
00:00:16, looped
Animator and videographer: Declan McMonagle
Courtesy of the artist; Heiser Gallery, Brisbane; and Olsen Irwin, Sydney.
Winner of the National Self-Portrait Prize 2015.