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Salon des Refusés 2016

  • This event finished on 18 September 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 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.


Public Programs

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: Wendy Sharpe Lilikoi Kaos – Circus Oz

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.


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

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 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





































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 Fragile
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 Heritage
Louise Tuckwell Caressed me and forgot
John R. Walker Flood Creek, Approaching Summer II


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