Fri, 22 Jan 2021

A woman visits the Archibald Prize exhibition in the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 23, 2020. (Photo by Zhu Hongye/Xinhua)

SYDNEY, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- For the first time in its 99-year history, Australia's most prestigious art award, the Archibald Prize, has been won by an Indigenous artist, maintaining its reputation for championing breakthrough artists and works.

Vincent Namatjira claimed 2020's Archibald Prize for his portrait of AFL legend Adam Goodes, who is also Indigenous, in a work titled "Stand strong for who you are."

Namatjira's work tells a story of race, pride and conflict in modern Australia. By combining images of both men, it displays their shared experience and resilience now and into the future.

To enter the Archibald, paintings must be a portrait of somebody the artist has met or a distinguished or notable figure from the Australian society. The winner is chosen by the New South Wales State Art Gallery's board of trustees.

This year's Packing Room Prize, as chosen by the gallery's staff, was also claimed by an Indigenous artist, Meyne Wyatt, for his self portrait titled "Meyne."

As a reflection of the country over the past year, the themes and subjects of the Archibald are constantly changing and audiences are invited to form their own opinions about which paintings they find most engaging.

People visit the Archibald Prize exhibition in Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 23, 2020. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

People visit the Archibald Prize exhibition in Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 23, 2020. (Photo by Zhu Hongye/Xinhua)

People visit the Archibald Prize exhibition in the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 23, 2020. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Archibald Curator Anne Ryan introduces the Archibald Prize exhibition in the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Nov. 23, 2020. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei) ■

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