We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Archibald Prize 1976

Entries: 260 (29 selected)
Exhibition dates: 22 January to 27 February 1977
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

Brett Whiteley’s winning self-portrait was a turning point as it stretched the definition of portraiture, with the image of the subject himself taking up just a small part of the canvas.

It was a landmark year for Whiteley who also won the Sulman Prize.

  • Rick Amor - Joan Lindsay
  • Ian Armstrong - Judith Rodriguez
  • Charles Billich - Portrait of Barry Humphries
  • John Bloomfield - Thelma Clune
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Orban
  • Peter Chapman - Barry Stern
  • Kevin Connor - Alan Geddes
  • Janet Dawson - Bill Arabin, myself and others
  • Merryll Evans - Reg Livermore
  • Frederick Fullerton - Sir Douglas Parker
  • Anne Hall - John Perceval
  • Stephen Kaldor - Leo Stein
  • J Noel Kilgour - June MacDonald
  • Geoff La Gerche - Chandler Coventry
  • Keith Looby - Jan Senbergs
  • David Ryley Marshall - Portrait of DW
  • Margaret Mezaks - His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia, Mr Walter Crocker
  • John Money - Self-portrait
  • Lesley Pockley - Sir David Griffin
  • Clifton Pugh - The Honourable Neville Wran, Premier of NSW
  • John Thomas Rigby - Portrait of Margaret
  • Gordon Shepherdson - Gil Jamieson
  • Eric John Smith - Hector Gilliland
  • Joshua Smith - Julie Starr
  • Joshua Smith - Norman Whymark
  • Graham A Thorley - A Kimberley pioneer (Joan Thorley)
  • Brett Whiteley - Self-portrait in the studio (Winner: Archibald Prize 1976)
  • Fred Williams - Sir Louis Matheson, first vice-chancellor, Monash University
  • Peter Wright - Brett Whiteley