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the winning portrait and a photograph of Komon dating from 1974, artist John Bloomfield, whose 1975 award had been withdrawn on the grounds that his portrait of Tim Burstall was painted directly from a magazine photograph, subsequently sued for the return of the prize.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.
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 ...".
Not on display
© Estate of Eric Smith
Shown in 1 exhibition
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 1981, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Dec 1981–30 Jan 1982
Referenced in 6 publications
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.).