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

Archibald Prize 1986

Entries: 218 (26 selected)
Prize money: $20,000
Sponsor: Grace Brothers
Exhibition dates: 20 December 1986 to 26 January 1987
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

The prize money for the Archibald was increased from $10,000 to $20,000.

  • Margaret Ackland - Beth Mayne
  • Davida Allen - Dr John Arthur McKelvie Shera (Winner: Archibald Prize 1986)
  • Naomi Berns - David Williamson (playwright/author)
  • Jonathan Bowden - Portrait of Robert Stonjek, unpublished poet
  • John Caldwell - John Brackenreg
  • Fred Cress - David Armstrong
  • William Dargie - Tony Rafty the caricaturist
  • Robert Eadie - Portrait of Alex Trompf with Pauline Webber
  • David Fairbairn - Three portraits of WCF - my father
  • John Gillham - Vermeer, Van Meegeren and Van den Berg: portrait of Yelle
  • Leeka Gruzdeff - Rita Hunter
  • Christine Hiller - Homage to Van Gogh: self-portrait with peasants
  • Frank Hodgkinson - Donald Friend
  • Keith Looby - John Bloomfield's Arta Eaten
  • Vladas Meskenas - Desiderius Orban
  • Robert Morris - Ian Smith, artist and self-portrait 1986
  • Aileen Rogers - Richard Mackay
  • Victor Rubin - Auto-mask
  • Garry Shead - Martin Sharp
  • Eric John Smith - Richard Hall, author and journalist
  • Ian Smith - Portrait of Ray Hughes from life - with unreliable photography
  • Joshua Smith - Professor Fred Rost
  • Nigel Thomson - Kate Grenville - writer/mother
  • Wes Walters - Portrait of William J Hughes
  • Michael Winters - Urban forms, primitive forms and Jim McClelland
  • Salvatore Zofrea - Eileen Chanin 1986