The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Artist Martin Ball From Auckland Wins Packing Room Prize
Martin Ball, Neil Finn, 2008 Packing Room Prize winner.

SYDNEY.-Artist Martin Ball from Auckland has been awarded the Packing Room Prize in conjunction with the 2008 Archibald Prize for his portrait of Crowded House frontman, Neil Finn. Neil Finn is one of New Zealand’s leading singer/songwriters.

“Neil Finn has written some of my favourite songs and so too has his brother Tim,” says Martin Ball who, like many of his generation in New Zealand, grew up listening to their music. “I was delighted when Neil agreed to be my portrait subject.”

Martin Ball didn’t know the Finn brothers personally but just through their music – although he did know some band members of Split Enz who were at art school at the same time as him in the early 1970s.

In his portrait work, Ball is interested in the effects of scale and aims for a simple composition that allows contemplation of the face and head. “In the portrait of Neil Finn I wanted to capture something of his individual and determined approach to making music,” he says.

Born in Auckland in 1952, Ball is known for his hyper realistic paintings and drawings. He studied at the University of Auckland School of Fine Arts and completed a Masters there in 2001. He has always been interested in portraiture. He has had regular solo exhibitions in New Zealand since 1975 and has been represented in numerous group exhibitions including the 2005 and 2007 Archibald Prizes.

The Packing Room Prize gives the Gallery staff who receive the entries for Archibald the chance to vote for their favourite Archibald portrait. This is the Gallery’s head storeman, Steve Peters’, 24th Archibald Prize and his 17th Packing Room Prize. Steve said he chose this painting of Neil Finn because ‘it was a good picture’.

Martin Ball receives $500 and a $500 Myer voucher.

Finalists for the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes were also announced today.

This year 693 entries were received for Archibald, 721 for the Wynne Prize and 559 for the Sulman Prize.

Today's News

February 28, 2008

Francis Bacon's Study of Nude with Figure in a Mirror Sells For $39.7 Million at Sotheby's

Artist Martin Ball From Auckland Wins Packing Room Prize

Denver Art Museum Will Present Daniel Richter: A Major Survey in Fall 2008

Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape

Long Life Cool White: Photographs by Moyra Davey Opens at Fogg Art Museum

Nature is a Workshop - Selected from the Arts Council Collection

The RISD Museum of Art Acquires Newly Discovered Aaron Douglas Painting

NOH Suntag at Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart

Jersey City Museum Presents Target Thursdays ArtJAMS/Lucky Seven w/ NJCU

Postcards from the Frontier Underground - Ian O'Phelan

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Van Dyck painting on display at the Ashmolean

2.- Muscarelle Museum of Art chief curator identifies Paul Cézanne painting

3.- Sarah Lucas' first major museum exhibition in the United States opens in San Francisco

4.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago opens first-ever museum exhibition of Amanda Williams

5.- "Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road" harkens back to a more colorful time on South Beach

6.- Paris show of Impressionist masterpieces never seen in West

7.- Scientists find that Aborigines have been in Australia longer than previously thought

8.- Exhibition at Haus der Kunst focuses on two pivotal exhibitions held in 1937

9.- Spanish judge schedules Dali exhumation for July 20

10.- 'The Noise' breathes the romance back into Formula One

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful