Michelle Zuccolo wins the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2019

Montsalvat have announced Michelle Zuccolo and her self-portrait, entitled Augury, as the winner of this year’s $20,000 (non-acquisitive) Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize.

‘Michelle Zuccolo’s Augury has a striking delicacy in regard to its narrative, rendering of ‘self’ and it’s painterly space. The profile offers the viewer room to swing and move and think about the implied tensions and intensities throughout the work,’ said this year’s judge, artist Prudence Flint.

Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2019 winner: Michelle Zuccolo, Augury

Flint also noted special mentions to Daniel Vukovljak’s work for its ‘candid unrelenting stare and mesmerising completeness in painting application,’ and to Liz Gridley, Tom Parsons, and Byron Copland.

The Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize features modest size paintings done from life as opposed to larger sized portraits painted from photos. This year’s prize features 35 artworks selected from over 250 entries from Australia and internationally.

The 2019 finalists’ exhibition is currently on show at the intimate Barn Gallery within the beautiful and inspiring grounds of Montsalvat, until 26 January 2020.

The $1,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Montsalvat, will be presented at the closing of the exhibition.