Artist Zoe Young’s portrait of Aussie snowboarder Torah Bright has been installed an $8 favourite at online bookie Sportingbet.com.au to win the 2014 Archibald Prize following the announcement of the 54 finalists on Thursday.
The portrait of the Olympic gold medallist tops Sportingbet’s market ahead of ‘Wendy’ by Mariola Smarzak ($12) and Phillip Barnes’ portrait of another of our nations star athletes, cyclist Anna Meares ($14).
“The Torah Bright portrait is certain to be a big hit with our punters and we anticipate a mountain of support for it,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“It’s on ply which makes it really unique and just like the athlete herself, it’s a knockout.”
Tim Maguire’s portrait of Cate Blanchett is an $18 chance at Sportingbet, while Alan Jones’ portait on Adam Goodes is a $21 shot.
Last year’s winning artist, Tim Storrier, is a $16 chance to win with ‘The Member, Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson KCB AO’ after being announced the winner of the Packing Room Prize.
“Winning that award is usually the kiss of death for the main prize but history is there to be broken.”
For Sportingbet’s full market for the 2014 Archibald Art Prize Winner visit https://www.sportingbet.com.
2014 Archibald Prize winner
Zoe Young – Torah Bright $8
Mariola Smarzak – Wendy $12
Phillip Barnes – Anna Meares $14
Jandamarra Cadd – Proud $14
Carla Fletcher – Dan Sultan $14
Anh Do – Father $16
Tim Storrier – The Member, Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson KCB AO $16
Natasha Bieniek – Isola $18
Fiona Lowry – Penelope Seidler $18
Tim Maguire – Cate, take 1/ Cate, take 2 $18
Abdul Abdullah – I wanted to paint him as a mountain $21
Alan Jones – Adam $21
Nicolee Payne – Fuifui Moimoi $21
James Powditch – Citizen Kave $21