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Sir John Sulman Prize

Sulman Prize Winner 2014, Andrew Sullivan  T-rex (tyrant lizard king)  © the artist

Winner Sulman Prize 2014, Andrew Sullivan T-rex (tyrant lizard king)  © the artist

The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.

genre painting is normally a composition representing some aspect or aspects of everyday life, and may feature figurative, still-life, interior or figure-in-landscape themes.

subject painting, in contrast, is idealised or dramatised. Typically, a subject painting takes its theme from history, poetry, mythology or religion. In both cases, however, the style may be figurative, representative, abstract or semi-abstract.

mural is a picture fixed directly to a wall or ceiling as part of an architectural and/or decorative scheme.

Established within the terms of Sir John Sulman’s bequest, the prize was first awarded in 1936. Each year the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW invite a guest artist to judge this open competition. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung).