Who are the 2023 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman winners?

Celebrating portraiture as an expanded field of painting in our times, Julia Gutman wins the Archibald with a textiles work.

Sydney-based artist Julia Gutman has won the 2023 Archibald Prize for her portrait Head in the sky, feet on the ground, of singer-songwriter Montaigne.

It is an interesting choice, punching contemporary textiles into the ‘camera flashes’ and limelight – a work combining a painted gesture and an embroidered storytelling. This work also ticks another box of our times – that of sustainable art making – turning to used and discarded fabrics as her primary medium.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina