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Winner: Archibald Prize 1994

Francis Giacco Homage to John Reichard

egg emulsion on marine ply

202 x 188 cm

This Archibald Prize-winning painting by Francis Giacco, a homage to cellist John Reichard, attracted controversy due to the incidental placing of the portrait subject. There was precedent for this, however: Brett Whiteley’s face in his 1976 Archibald winner Self-portrait in the studio is similarly tangential to the composition. Reichard died in January 1994, just before the Archibald exhibition.