Former Archibald Prize winner Marcus Wills has entered the 2014 Flanagan Art Prize.
The Australian artist joins a list of more than 80 artists who have been accepted in this year’s exhibition being hosted by St Patrick’s College.
In 2006, the former University of Ballarat student took out the Archibald Prize with his painting titled The Paul Juraszek Monolith after Marcus Gheeraerts.
Judges selected the medieval-style oil painting as the winner of the Archibald Prize, describing it as a fictional chronology of the life of Melbourne sculptor Paul Juraszek. More than 150 entries were received from across Australia for this year’s Flanagan Art Prize, which is now in its seventh year. Preliminary judging brought the number down to 86.
St Patrick’s College headmaster Dr Peter Casey said organisers were pleased this year’s event had attracted entries from such established artists.
“Not only are we excited that Archibald Prize winners are now entering the award, but we are equally delighted that this year’s event had attracted entries from such established artists,” he said. “This has helped ensure that this year’s exhibition will be our best ever.”
The 2014 Flanagan Art Prize will be launched at St Patrick’s College on Friday, August 22, with Monash University’s head of fine arts, Professor Callum Morton, judging the entries.
The winners will be announced at a cocktail party on the same night, with the winner receiving $5000.
Another $1500 will also be awarded for an emerging artist and $500 for the best affordable art. The exhibition will be open to the public for free on August 23-24 and August 30-31, from 11am until 4pm.