Kogarah Bay artist Steve Lopes has been named as a finalist in this years Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
He is one of 30 finalists after being nominated for his portrait Dreaming of Filicudi.
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is Australia’s richest art prize with the winner receiving $150,000
This years judges are renowned artist Anne Wallace and art historian and gallery director Doug Hall.
Mr Hall said he was impressed with all the finalists.
‘’The prize attracted extraordinary interest from Australian artists and yet again confirms that portraiture in its many expressions holds its place as being central to Australian art,’’ he said.
“The prize not only makes a generous contribution in supporting artists, but also fulfils an important public role in presenting their work to audiences who continue to be fascinated by the human face and figure, and the myriad of ways in which it is seen and interpreted.”
The winners of the 2016 Moran prizes will be announced on Wednesday, October 26, at Juniper Hall in Paddington.
The Moran Prizes exhibition opens to the public the following day and runs through to early 2017.