Archibald Prize 2010 – Winner of Packers Prize – Nafisa’s ‘Glenn’

March 17th, 2010

Sam Leach wins the Archibald Art Prize 2010
Sam Leach also wins the Wynne Art Prize 2010
Michael Lindeman wins the Sulman Art Prize 2010

Packing Room Prize winner for 2010 -‘Glenn in Black and White’ portrait by  Nafisa for 2010 Archibald Prize

Glenn in black and white by Nafisa wins Archy Packers 2010
Glenn in black and white by Nafisa wins Archy Packers 2010

Image of Glenn in black and white by Nafisa courtesy AGNSW


Portrait of Glenn A Baker wins 2010 Packers PrizeSydney artist Nafisa has been awarded the Packing Room Prize in conjunction with the 2010 Archibald Prize for her portrait of Glenn A Baker, rock historian and travel writer.

Three-time holder of the BBC’s Rock Brain of the Universe title, Glenn A Baker is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of rock music. He has written books and magazine articles on the topic, interviewed celebrities, managed bands and promoted tours of international rock stars. He is also a widely read, award-winning travel writer.‘I met Glenn A Baker some years ago through the work I do for Jeans 4 Genes, the fundraising arm of the Children’s Medical Research Institute,’ says Nafisa. ‘Each year he helps secure celebrity jeans, which are then painted by selected artists and auctioned at a charity function. We share a mutual love for travel and adventure, and I was intrigued by his boundless energy, enthusiasm and knowledge about all things to do with rock music.’The size of the portrait reflects Baker’s larger-than-life, larrikin personality, depicting him sporting his signature hat and infectious smile. ‘Like his celebrity status, which may create a false distance between the subject and their audience, the sheer scale of the work forces you to view it from a distance,’ says Nafisa. ‘Yet the detail infers a more intimate knowledge and invites you to take a closer inspection, which reveals creative scrapings done with a razor blade.’  Born in Mumbai, India, Nafisa is a full-time artist living in Sydney. She has exhibited work in over 100 group shows and won over 50 awards and commendations including the First Prize (Gold Medal) at the 2007 Florence Biennale. She has been a finalist the Dobell Prize for Drawing, the Blake Prize for Religious Art and in numerous portrait prizes including the Portia Geach Memorial Award. She won the 2008 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.The Packing Room Prize gives the Gallery staff who receive the entries for Archibald a chance to vote for their favourite Archibald portrait.  This is the Gallery’s head storeman, Steve Peters’ 26th Archibald Prize and his 19th Packing Room Prize.Nafisa receives $500 and a $500 ANZ Visa debit card.

History of the Packing Room PrizeThe Packing Room Prize is a prize awarded to the work selected by the Gallery staff who are responsible for unpacking, sorting, storing and installing the works for the Archibald Prize.Steve Peters is the Art Gallery’s head storeman and has been around to witness twenty Archibald Prize competitions. The Packing Room Prize started in 1992 and has since become an integral part of the Archibald Prize competition. The Packing Room Prize has not to this date coincided with the judges’ official decision. The 2004 winner was Evert Ploeg with his portrait of Jana Wendt (above). Some of the other years’ winners include Martin Ball for his portrait of Neil Finn in 2008, Jan Williamson for Rachel Ward in 2003, Deny Christian for Garry McDonald in 1999, Kerrie Lester for Self portrait as a bridesmaid in 1998, Bill Leak for Tex Perkins in 1997 and Paul Newtown for John Laws in 1996. – AGNSWWhat is The Archibald Art Prize?  Read on…

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