The 2017 Salon Des Refusés Finalists

Sporting controversy of the Archibald and Wynne Prize selection, the Salon Des Refusés presents its own alternative selection of the entrants to the Art Gallery of New South Wales Prizes.

The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H.Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition.

Each year the panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The criteria for works selected in the Salon are quality, diversity, humour and innovation. Of the 822 Archibald Prize entries the AGNSW Trustees selected 43 and from 753 Wynne Prize entries AGNSW Trustees selected 42 works. From the remaining submission at the Art Gallery of New South Wales the selectors have chosen the 53 works for this alternative exhibition.

The 2017 selection panel comprised James Dorahy art advisor, Michael Reid Galleries; Elisabeth Hastings curator & author, Kevin Connor monograph; and Jane Watters, director, S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Congratulations to the Archibald selections: Tom Alberts, Tamara Armstrong, Sophie Cape, Tom Carment, Matt Chun, Luke Cornish, David Darcy, Sinead Davies, Yvonne East, Martin Edge, John Edwards, Hugh Edwards, David Fairbairn, Mertim Gokalp, Donald Keys, Janis Lander, Belem Lett, Michael Lodge, Matthew Lynn, Guy Maestri, Dean Manning, Marie Mansfield, Christopher McVinish, Matilda Mitchell, Guy Morgan, Bernard Ollis, George Raftopoulos, Dale Rhodes, Sally Ross, Evan Salmon, Wendy Sharpe, Andrew Sullivan, Tianli Zu.

And Wynne Prize selections include Elisabeth Cummings, Lynda Draper, Craig Handley, Mark Howson, Joyce Huddleston, Laura Jones, Peter Jones, Ross Laurie, Mantua Nangala, Peter Pinson, Katherine Rooney, Katheryn Ryan, Peter Sharp, Peter Stevens, Neridah Stockley, George Tjungarrayi, Stuart Watters.

The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H.Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene.

Visitors to the annual Salon des Refusés exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award, the winner of this will be announced on 12 October 2017.       

EXHIBITION
2017 SALON DES REFUSÉS
The alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize selection
S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
29 July – 15 October 2017

Courtesy the artists and S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.