Cartoonist Mitch Cairns wins Archibald Prize

CARTOONIST Mitch Cairns has claimed this year's Archibald Prize for his portrait of partner and fellow artist Agatha Gothe-Snape.

The painting shows Gothe-Snape sitting crossed leg on a mat in a red room.

Whites aid the portrait perfectly illustrates Gothe-Snape's ability to blend different forces of nature.

"Ultimately this is what is most attractive about Agatha," Mr Cairns said.

"She embodies an uncompromising agency whilst having the grace to accept the ready complications inherent within our life as artists.

"I composed this portrait with love in the full knowledge of its inevitable and palpable quake."

A portrait of Agatha Gothe-Snape has won the 2017 Archibald Prize for cartoonist Mitch Cairns.
A portrait of Agatha Gothe-Snape has won the 2017 Archibald Prize for cartoonist Mitch Cairns. Art Gallery of NSW

Cairns has been shortlisted for the accolade four times and has been runner-up on two occasions.

However, he finally grabbed the $100,000 winner's cheque with painting showing Gothe-Snape sitting crossed leg on a mat in a red room.

"Artists need a lot of support and I do have that in spades," Cairns said. 

The Archibald Prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW and can rouse controversy with awarding the winner.

However, this year it seemed the votes would be be split between two entries: Cairns' and Jun Chen's portrait of gallery owner Ray Hughes.

But after much deliberation, it was Cairns who came out on top.

"It took us some time, wandering between the two wonderful paintings to decide who would be the winner," the gallery board of trustee member David Gonski said.



‘Not your average tattoo studio’: Artist plans in small town

Premium Content ‘Not your average tattoo studio’: Artist plans in small town

The artist hopes to open a studio with a key focus on the art on offer.

‘Crucial time’: New festival to reignite music industry

Premium Content ‘Crucial time’: New festival to reignite music industry

‘A Byron music festival back into Byron itself’

Mesmerising Byron Bay estate to break Hemsworth record

Mesmerising Byron Bay estate to break Hemsworth record

100-year-old estate with a pool, horse arena and three houses