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An image of Rudy Komon by Eric John Smith

Eric John Smith

(Australia 1919 – )

Rudy Komon
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

180.0 x 168.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated top c. verso on frame, black fibre-tipped pen "... 1981 ERIC SMITH ...".
Purchased 1982
Accession number
© Eric Smith
Not on display
Further information

Eric Smith's portrait of his dealer, gallery owner Rudy Komon won the Archibald Prize for 1981. When it was discovered that there were similarities between the winning portrait and a photograph of Komon dating from 1974, artist John Bloomfield, whose 1975 award had been withdrawn on the grounds that his portrait of Tim Burstall was painted directly from a magazine photograph, subsequently sued for the return of the prize. The case was dismissed on 23 September 1983.

Peter Ross, 'Let's Face It: The history of the Archibald Prize' 2005, pg. 147.

This work was acquired by the Gallery in 1982.

Bibliography (6)

Anna Waldmann, The Archibald Prize: an illustrated history 1921-1981, Sydney, 1981, 236 (colour illus.).

Susan Hunt, The Archibald Prize 1921-1993, Sydney, 1993, 26 (colour illus.).

Robert Raymond, 52 views of Rudy Komon, Sydney, 1999, 59 (illus.), 60 (illus.), 73 (colour illus.). NOTE: black and white photograph on page 59 and 60 of Komon during 1974 Anniversary Show is similar pose.

Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, ‘Chapter 4: Into the 1970s’, pg. 61-85, Sydney, 2005, 79, 80 (colour illus.) 81, 82, 147 (colour illus.).

Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'Into the 1970s', pg. 63-87, Sydney, 1999, 82 (colour illus.), 137 (colour illus.).

Anna Waldmann, Art and Australia (Vol. 20, No. 2), 'The Archibald Prize', pg. 213-236, Sydney, Summer 1982, 236 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 1981, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Dec 1981–30 Jan 1982