8 out of 10 Archibald Prize finalists for 2015 are male

Clare Fletcher's colourful portrait of iconic designer Jenny Kee is a favourite.

Clare Fletcher's colourful portrait of iconic designer Jenny Kee is a favourite. Photo: AGNSW

Australia's most prestigious art prize is not necessarily famous for being at the vanguard of progressive thinking. Still, it's never without disappointment when the Archibald Prize finalists are announced with such a gender disparity as we're seeing yet again this year.

Out of 47 finalists in 2015, only 14 artists are female. 

Fun fact: the same number of works this year have a female as the main subject in the portrait. 

In recent years, despite relatively low numbers of female finalists the ultimate winner of the Archibald Prize has been a woman. Last year there were 18 female finalists out 54, and the winner was Fiona Lowry with her portrait of Penelope Seidler.


The year before, Del Kathryn Barton won the prize for the second time with her portrait of Hugo Weaving. She was among 11 female artists out of a total 39 finalists for 2013.

Perhaps the trend will continue this year with one of these 14 fantastic works of portraiture by female artists:


1. Filippa Buttita's portrait of fellow artist Judy Cassab:

2. Carla Fletcher's portrait of iconic designer Jenny Kee:

3. Prudence Flint's Baby:


4. Tsering Hannaford's Objet démodé:

5. Sophia Hewson's Delivered

6. Tanja Karl's Laurie

7. Kim Leutwyler's Start The Riot:


8. Jessica le Clerc's Living inside of stories:

9. Kerry McInnis' portrait of author, poet and rapper Omar Musa:

10. Mirra Whale's Elizabeth, a portrait of Fairfax columnist Elizabeth Farrelly:

11. Sally Ross' Eva:

12. Alicia Mozqueira's portrait of art historian Doug Hall:

13. Kristin Tennyson's portrait of federal MP Bob Katter:


14. Tianli Zu's portrait of former AGNSW Director Edmund Capon, 'Edmund, your Twomblys are behind you':