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Winner for 1979

Wes Walters
Portrait of Phillip Adams

Winner: Archibald Prize 1979


Finalists for 1979

  • John Bloomfield - Portrait of Lloyd Rees
  • Lance Bressow - Dame Joan Sutherland
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Charles Blackman
  • Francis Celtlan - Self Portrait
  • Cam Clarke - Barry Taffs "Ragtrader"
  • Terry Collins - Hon. The Senator Don Chipp
  • Kevin Connor - Portrait of James Gleeson
  • Irena Creedon - Mr. Clyde Holding, M.P.
  • Brian Dunlop - David Ireland, Novelist
  • Merryll Evans - Sir John Gorton
  • Merryll Evans - Reg Livermore
  • Nigel Hewitt - The Anaesthetist
  • Graeme Inson - The Honourable E. G. Whitlam, A.C., Q.C.
  • Geoff La Gerche - Wesley Lanapuy "Manager of the Northern Land Council"
  • Geoff La Gerche - Grandma Lum Loy "A True Territorian"
  • Garth Legge - Self Portrait
  • Keith Looby - P. P. McGuinness with Paddy Doll
  • Ted Markstein - Sir Lenox Hewitt, Chairman of Qantas
  • Denese Oates - Larry Pickering
  • Josonia Palaitis - The Honourable John Howard, M.P.
  • L Scott Pendlebury - Anne and Drew Pendlebury (actress and musician respectively)
  • John Thomas Rigby - Pat Hoffie (Artist-Teacher)
  • Peter Rosson - Robert Drummond, Poet, playwright 1980
  • David Schlunke - Self Portrait
  • David Schlunke - Neil O'Reilly, journalist
  • Eric John Smith - Joy Smith Studio Portrait I
  • Max Thompson - R. A. Simpson
  • Noel Thurgate - Hamburger Joe
  • Wes Walters - Portrait of Phillip Adams
  • Wes Walters - Portrait of Mr. Eric Beattie
  • Trevor Weekes - George "Scotty" Allen - Aviator
  • Fred Williams - Portrait of John Brack
  • Brian 'Wooly' Woolstone - Hospitality Cheers, Jim Buckley
  • Salvatore Zofrea - Dr. John Ryan
  • Roma de Wolff - Portrait of Watercolorist - Cameron Sparks