PETER DAVERINGTON’s spectacularly large painting, The Golden City Has Ceased, has been selected as a finalist for the Archibald Prize 2014. Renowned for being Australia’s favourite and most prestigious art award, the prize is awarded to the best portrait painting of Australian culture including, but not limited to, portraits of politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes and artists. Daverington describes the painting as ‘a self-portrait of my imagination, where my signature geometric and spatial elements appear among figurative compositions drawn from various painting traditions.’ The painting has been approached with spontaneity over 18 months, where Daverington has drawn inspiration from socialist propaganda posters, Renaissance art, Romantic landscape painting, medieval European heraldry and religious iconography. The winner will be announced on Friday 18 July and the exhibition will run between 19 July – 28 September 2014.
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