David Darcy wins the Archibald Prize ANZ People’s Choice, again!

David Darcy wins the Archibald Prize ANZ People’s Choice award again for his portrait, Tjuparntarri – women’s business, of Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward, a respected elder of the Warakurna community and Ngaanyatjarra people of Western Australia; recognised as the public’s favourite entry in this year’s Archibald at the Art Gallery New South Wales (AGNSW) in August and now, for the second time at TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Tjuparntarri is a cultural and community liaison officer for regional schools, a director on the NPY Women’s Council, an advocate against domestic violence, a qualified translator, artist and sought-after storyteller. ‘Last year Tjuparntarri walked into my studio looking for art supplies. Over several weeks, we got to know each other and I discovered I’d met an extraordinary woman,’ said Darcy. ‘Super-Tjupa, as she is referred to by friends, has a remarkable connection to country and traditional culture, yet this “born-in-the-bush, modern woman” possesses a wonderful ability to navigate Western society with intellect, charm and good humour.’

David Darcy and Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward at the announcement of the 2019 Archibald Prize ANZ People’s Choice award at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 14 August 2019. Photograph: AGNSW/Felicity Jenkins. Artwork: David Darcy, Tjuparntarri – women’s business © the artist

Congratulating the winner, TarraWarra Museum of Art Director Victoria Lynn, said, ‘David Darcy’s striking portrait of Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward has clearly captivated visitors’ hearts at this year’s Archibald Prize exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art. We are delighted to celebrate in this ANZ People’s Choice-winning portrait, the focus upon Indigeneity and the talent of some of Australia’s most gifted creatives.’

The Archibald Prize ANZ People’s Choice award was first awarded in 1988 – now supported by presenting partner ANZ – and Darcy’s portrait was the winner from more than 12,000 votes cast by members of the public who visited the exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Presented by the AGNSW and ANZ, the annual portrait exhibition provides a snapshot of Australian culture – from musicians and actors to sporting heroes and authors. Since its inception in 1921, the prize has been awarded to some of Australia’s most celebrated artists including William Dobell, Brett Whiteley and Del Kathryn Barton.

‘Archibald Prize 2019’ is on display at TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, until 5 November 2019. The exhibition will