Salon des Refusés 2016

 John Edwards -Self-portrait with Elsie posing as a bushranger 2016


Each year the Salon panel goes behind the scenes of the judging process, to select an ‘alternative’ exhibition from the many works not chosen as finalists for the official exhibition.  The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.  This year’s selectors includeCatherine Benz, curator, Delmar Gallery, Kon Gouriotis OAM, curator & editor, Art Profile & Jane Watters, S.H. Ervin Gallery Director. 

Our panel viewed the unselected entries from the 830 Archibald Prize and 710 Wynne Prize entered at the Art Gallery of New South Wales to select the 64 works for this alternative exhibition. 

The Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections of the ‘official’ exhibition with works which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

In 2016, 40 works were selected for the ‘alternative’ Archibald Prize & 24 from the Wynne Prize.

The Salon des Refusésfollows the tradition made famous by Napoleon lll in Paris. He insisted that the huge number of works which had been rejected by the Academy for that year’s Salon, be displayed for the public to view and judge.  The very first Salon des Refusésincluded works by Manet and Pissarro. 

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 much anticipated award will be announced on 15 September 2016.


Sunday afternoons @ the Gallery

Sunday 24 July, 3pm Artist Ann Thomson will discuss her artistic practice and talk about the painting selected in this year's Salon des Refusés 

Sunday 31 July, 3pm Join exhibiting artists Tianli Zu & Sally Ryan for a discussion on portraiture and depicting well-known people. 

Sunday 14 August, 3pm  Salvatore Zofrea is joined by his sitter Maria Venuti to share their story on the creation of the portrait of Maria. 

Sunday 28  August, 3pm  Join Neil Evan, Rod McRae & John R. Walker for a discussion on their works entered in the Wynne Prize.

Sunday 4 September, 3pm Kon Gouriotis, editor Artist Profile magazine was on the selection panel for this year's Salon exhibition and shares his insights into the process. He will be joined by exhibiting artist Steve Lopes who will discuss his work.

Sunday 11 September, 3pm Wendy Sharpe, Steve Salo and McLean Edwards join us to discuss their paintings selected in this year's Salon des Refusés and the state of contemporary portraiture.

Sunday 18 September, 3pm  Join us on the final day of the exhibition to hear from artists Robert Malherbe, Ben Smith and Leslie Rice.

Public programs are FREE with exhibition entry 

image: John Edwards, Self portrait with Elsie as bushranger, oil on canvas 


Holding Redlich People's Choice Award

The winner of the Holding Redlich People's Choice Award this year was Tianli Zu for her portrait of South

Australian Federal Labor Senator, Penny Wong, titled The Senator and Ma.



Stars of the Salon des Refuses by John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald  6 August 2016


View: SALON DES REFUSÉS 2016 Online Catalogue

Archibald Selection 




Ann Arora

David Malouf

David Malouf

Mark Bernard

Urban Decay/Self portrait

Self portrait

Anthony Buselli

I’m not like everybody else

Self portrait

Tom Carment

Into the world, my children – Matilda, Felix, and Fenn

Matilda, Felix and Fenn Carment Idle

Andrew Clarke

Renwable renegade, vegan vigilante

Ross Harding

Samuel Condon


Osher Günsberg

Tony Costa

Lucio Galletto OAM

Lucio Galletto

Benjamin Dankha

Resident Gaylian

Paul Capsis

Garry Donnellan


Danny Lim

Martin Edge

Plain Martin

Self portrait

McLean Edwards

The Journalist (Portrait of Erik Jensen)

Erik Jensen

John Edwards

Self-portrait with Elsie Posing as  Bushranger

Self portrait

Nicolette Eisdell

Marta at home

Marta Dusseldorp, actor

Neil Evans

Boys own annual

Self portrait

Helene Grove

Slowly slanting sideways at 70

Self portrait

Leon Hall

Self portrait

Self portrait

Robert Hannaford


Self portrait

Don James

Self portrait 2016

Self portrait

Nicole Kelly

We shared the first sun on our veranda and I told him of the moon the night before

John Romeril

Jasper Knight

Self portrait with bandaged head

Self portrait

Nerissa Lea

The after Brack after Boucher nude

Reg Lynch, cartoonist

Stephen Lopes

Self portrait

Self portrait

Robert Malherbe


Self portrait

Harley Manifold

This is the dramatic moment police raid killer cop Roger Rogerson’s home just hours before executed drug dealer Jamie Gao’s body is found floating in the ocean

Self portrait

Andrew Mezei


Professor Brian Schmidt

Glenn Morgan

Self portrait in shed

Self portrait

James Powditch

Catherine Keenan, Story Teller

Catherine Keenan

Glen Preece

Portrait of the artists as an alcoholic

Self portrait

Leslie Rice

Bovestrian portrait of Warwick Thornton (please hang around for more than 8 seconds)

Warwick Thornton, film director

Sally Ryan

Prince Wilkins

Christian Wilkins

Evan Salmon

Self portrait 2016

Self portrait

Steve Salo

Simon Laherty, actor, Back to Back Theatre

Simon Laherty

Wendy Sharpe

Lilikoi Kaos – Circus Oz

Lilikoi Kaos

Peter Smeeth

You’re still hot to me – a portrait of Jean Kittson

Jean Kittson, comedian

Ben Smith

Deep rinse cycle self portrait

Self portrait

Andrew Sullivan

Bill Brown

Bill Brown, artist

Johannus Verhoeff

He said, ‘an officer, yes, but not a gentleman’

David Walsh, AO

John Williams

Mayoral Prestley of Parkes

Ken Keith

Lee Wise

Katie Noonan

Katie Noonan, singer

Salvatore Zofrea

Maria Venuti, a woman of passion

Maria Venuti AM, singer 

Tianli Zu

The senator and Ma

Penny Wong


































Wynne Selection



John Bartley

Gathering 2016

Sophie Cape

By morning I had vanished into something better

Tom Carment

From near and far, Centrepoint Tower

Tony Costa

Pool flat RNP

Neil Evans

Ebor Falls

Juan Ford

El Lizzitsky would approve

Julienne Harris

The Extended Summer

Tim Hutchinson

Creek Flats – Quamby Tasmania

Peter Jones

Junction Reef NSW

Dan Kyle

Morning mist, Turon River

Michaela Laurie


Joanna Logue

Gundagai Bridge

Euan Macleod

Buried Giant

Rod McRae

Adani dreaming

Ana Pollak

Bush fragments

Rodney Pople

I can’t get no satisfaction #2 (lie of the land)

Jennifer Riddle

Celery Top Islands – Bathurst Harbour, Tasmania

Kathryn Ryan

Winchelsea Pines

Peter Stevens

Gingers Country #2

Tanya Stubbles

Darook, Port Hacking

Robyn Sweaney 

By the river

Ann Thomson


Louise Tuckwell

Caressed me and forgot

John R. Walker

Flood Creek, Approaching Summer II


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