2018 Sulman Prize Winner Announced


Indigenous artist has taken out the 2018 Sulman Prize for her work ‘Kaylene TV’.

Hosted by , this award rounds out the Aussie art-world equivalent of The Oscars (Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman), and is presented to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.

We present Kaylene’s imaginative, poptastic depiction of a festive lounge room scene, alongside some of our other favourite finalists.

12th May, 2018

Wendy Sharpe’s ‘Erskineville train station’, oil on canvas, 145x83cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

George Raftopoulos’ ‘Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte in the 21st century’, oil and watercolour on linen, 51x76cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

Natalya Hughes’ ‘Woman II’, acrylic on poly-cotton, 150.5×109.5cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

Karen Black’s  ‘Body shell’, acrylic and oil on linen, 157x126cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

Jaye Early’s ‘Absurdist video art is an acquired taste’, synthetic polymer paint and fluorescent tape on canvas, 122x122cm. Photo –, and David Griggs’ ‘Diaspora is a word, so is holy crap’, oil on canvas, 214x152cm. Photo – . Both courtesy of . Please note, artworks are not pictured to scale.

Philjames’ ‘Jesus falls the second time’, oil on vintage offset lithograph, 121×95.5cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

Joan Ross’ ‘Future Hawke (what have we done to you)’, hand-painted digital collage, 111x79cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

Kiata Mason’s ‘The artist’s table’, acrylic on canvas, 94.5x126cm. Photo –, courtesy of .

Gregory Hodge’s  ‘Ceremony’, arcylic on canvas, 198.5x153cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

Abdul Abdullah’s ‘Untitled’, oil and aerosol on linen, 156x125cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

2018 Sulman Prize-winning artwork, ‘Kaylene TV’, acrylic on linen, 76x101cm. Photo – , courtesy of .

Photography – as credited, courtesy of Art Gallery NSW. Please note, artworks are not pictured to scale.

Elle Murrell
Saturday 12th May 2018

The winner of the 2018 Sulman Prize is , an Indigenous artist working with the centre in the Indulkana community of Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, in remote north-western South Australia.

On Friday, Kaylene has been awarded the $40,000 prize, presented by Art Gallery of NSW, and this year adjudicated by guest judge contemporary artist .

‘I like to listen to rock music and Tina Turner, and I paint with really strong colours, I put in lots of the special details, and everyone likes it,’ reads Kaylene’s artist statement on the Iwantja Arts website. ‘I paint strong stories too, paintings about heaven and Jesus, and sometimes Mintabie (local mining town,) and paintings about my country Indulkana. Sometimes my paintings tell hard stories, but my paintings are always colourful and painting them makes me happy.’

Established by the bequest of architect Sir John Sulman, this prize was first awarded in 1936. In 2018, 17 finalists were selected from 525 entries, with 59% of finalists taking part for the first time.

The Sulman Prize spans ‘genre paintings’ (a composition representing some aspect or aspects of everyday life, and may feature figurative, still-life, interior or figure-in-landscape themes), or ‘subject paintings’ (more idealised or dramatized and typically, taking its theme from history, poetry, mythology or religion), with both cases encompassing figurative, representative, abstract or semi-abstract styles. In addition, ‘a mural’ (fixed directly to a wall or ceiling as part of an architectural and/or decorative scheme) can be entered too.

Huge congratulations to , , and all the other incredible artists participating this year!

View the winners of The Archibald and The Wynne in our latest News Stories. You can also view all finalists for the 2018 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at 

May 12th to September 19th
Major Exhibition Gallery, 
Art Gallery Road, Domain, New South Wales.


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