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Salon des Refusés 2021

  • Sat 5 June 2021 until Sun 15 August 2021

The alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize selection

5 June – 15 August 2021

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 scene.

Each year our 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 Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

The Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award is valued at $3000 to the artist whose work receives the most votes.


Time Out – The Salon des Refusés 


Salon Archibald Selection

ELIZABETH BARDEN On My Mind- Portrait of Ian Haug, founder of Powderfinger (musician) oil on linen 60 X 60cm

MICHAEL BELL Church Street studio (self portrait) oil on canvas 120 x 150cm

DEAN BROWN Otis (Otis Carey, artist/athlete) oil on aluminium 75 x 60cm

LUKE CORNISH Claudia and Tumble in the Garden (Claudia Karvan, actor) aerosol on aluminium 50 x 40cm

EMILY CROCKFORD Trent Zimmerman watching the sun with all the clouds and the lorikeets are singing (Federal Member for North Sydney) acrylic on canvas 121.5 x 91cm

MARK DOBER Liz painting (in the bush at Chewton) (Elizabeth Nelson, artist) oil on board 16.5 x 23cm

CHRIS DOLMAN Self Portrait with eggs (after Bacon) oil on canvas 45 x 45cm

KATHERINE EDNEY Self Portrait contemplating solitude oil on polycotton 120 x 120cm

DAVID FAIRBAIRN Double Lives D.F & S.A No.1 (Self Portrait with the artist Suzanne Archer) acrylic & gouache on board 172 x 158cm

 JANE GUTHLEBEN Greetings from Bibbenluke (Lucy Culliton, artist) oil on board 40 x 60cm

CRAIG HANDLEY The Performer (self portrait) 2021 oil on linen 168 x 183cm

NICHOLAS HARDING Heather Mitchell AM (actor) oil on linen 170 x 110cm

ROB HOWE India (India Mark, artist)  oil on canvas 61 x 81cm

LAURA JONES Jennifer Robinson (human rights lawyer and barrister, Acacia Scholarships founder) oil on linen 168 x 101cm

JASPER KNIGHT Patrick Corrigan AM (businessman, philanthropist) enamel, gloss acrylic, aluminium, plywood and metal signs on board 150 x 120cm

ROBERT MALHERBE “I” is another. (self portrait) oil on canvas 71 x 61cm

HARLEY MANIFOLD Gareth (Gareth Colliton, artist) oil on canvas 31 x 46cm

NIC MASON The firsts (self portrait with daughter) oil on canvas 76 x 76cm

KERRY MCINNIS Jude Rae (artist) oil on canvas 170 x 120cm

CHRISTOPHER MCVINISH Nugget and Geoff – portrait of the Gallery owner Geoff White and his dog Nugget oil on canvas 122 x 91cm

LEWIS MILLER Self portrait in blue shirt oil and charcoal on Belgian linen 61.5 x 40.5cm

LIAM NUNAN Girl with a broken finger (Antoinette Barbouttis, artist and theatre practitioner) oil on canvas 76 x 61cm

CHRIS O’DOHERTY (AKA REG MOMBASSA) Self portrait with trunks and twigs enamel and oil paint on canvas 80 x 60cm

DANIEL PATA Guy Warren (artist) oil on canvas 107 x 84cm

RODNEY POPLE Monkey Man (Euan Macleod, artist) oil on linen 200 x 134cm

VAUGHAN PRAIN Ron S. Peno (musician) acrylic on canvas 152 x 122cm

SALLY ROBINSON Veena Sahajwalla (professor, scientist, engineer and inventor) acrylic  on canvas 122 x 122cm

CRAIG RUDDYI’m Gulpilil – Portrait of David Gulpilil (actor, dancer, artist and storyteller) mixed media on canvas 150 x 200cm

EVAN SALMON Self portrait (in the studio) oil on linen 46 x 46cm

WENDY SHARPE Taylor Fontaine &The Magda Szubanskis (Drag Queen / performer) oil on linen 170 x 145cms

JACQUI STOCKDALE Chappo (Mark Chapman, collector and advocate of the arts) oil on linen 46 x 41cm

LIZ STUTE The Long Soiree, 1924, at Miss Collins’ Place (Self Portrait) oil on canvas 76 x 61cm

TANIA WURSIG CHAKITA (Nikita Majajas and Charlie Villas, pop artist/designer & DJ) acrylic and mixed media on canvas 182 x 122cm

CAROLINE ZILINSKY The Wedgwood Heart (Jonathan Dalton, artist) oil on linen 138 x 122cm

TIANLI ZU Mr Yiribana at home with big bad Banksia and Gymea Lily (Brett Cuthbertson, head packer AGNSW) oil on linen 198.5 x 152.5cm


Wynne Prize selections

MICHAYE BOULTER A quiet uncertainty oil on hand-beaten steel60 x 73cm

WARREN CROSSETT The environmental polarity of a local creek acrylic on linen laid on hardboard 42 x 98cm

SINEAD DAVIES Urban Landscape oil on canvas 40 x 40cm

PETER GARDINER Monaro nocturne (standard stoppages) oil on paper mounted on board 150 x 115cm

CRAIG HANDLEY make Believe 4, 2020oil on linen 67 x 77cm

PETER JONES Carcoar acrylic on board 25 x 35cm

JENNIFER KEELER-MILNE Spring wattle III oil on linen 121 x 228cm

JASPER KNIGHT The Departed gloss acrylic and gesso on linen 213 x 198cm

STEVE LOPES South Grafton oil on canvas 70 x 70cm

HARLEY MANIFOLD Buy some, let’s ride the train together oil on canvas 28 x 35cm

NIC MASON Questioning landscape with a pouffe oil on canvas 76 x 76cm

MANTUA NANGALA Untitled   acrylic on linen 153 x 183cm

KATHRYN RYAN End of the Road oil on linen 137x183cm

EVAN SALMON Yallah Landscape oil on linen on board 35.5 x 39cm

NICK SANTORO The Flying Saucer acrylic on board with hand-painted timber frame 57 x 72cm

PETER SHARP New Horizons oil and acrylic on linen 152 x 130cm

PETER STEVENS Mount Zero- Falling Water oil on board 120 X 180cm

ROBYN SWEANEY All our histories acrylic on board 48 x 183cm

ANN THOMSON Minnie Water 2021 acrylic on Belgian linen 72 x 168cm

RHODA TJITAYI Piltati Tjukurpa acrylic on Belgian linen 200 x 300cm

JOHN R WALKER Memorial archival oil on polyester 184 x 138cm

JOSHUA YELDHAM Yeoman’s Bay – Bird Rock acrylic and cane on hand-carved board 202 x 246cm



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LUKE CORNISH Claudia & Tumble in the garden (Claudia Karvan, actor) aerosol on aluminium 50 x 40cm