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 include Catherine 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
|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||Osher Günsberg|
|Tony Costa||Lucio Galletto OAM||Lucio Galletto|
|Benjamin Dankha||Resident Gaylian||Paul Capsis|
|Garry Donnellan||Danny||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||Autoportrait||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||Ascension||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|
|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|
|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|
|Louise Tuckwell||Caressed me and forgot|
|John R. Walker||Flood Creek, Approaching Summer II|