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

Winner: Archibald Prize 1976

Brett Whiteley Self-portrait in the studio

oil, collage and hair on canvas

200.5 x 259 cm

Brett Whiteley’s winning work Self-portrait in the studio was a turning point in the Archibald Prize as it challenged traditional tenets of likeness and realism and stretched the definition of portraiture. The painting is now in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW.

Whiteley also won the Sulman Prize this year.

There was another portrait of him exhibited in the Archibald Prize 1976, by Peter Wright.