This year his subject is a double portrait of … His portrait Jacinda Ardern can't keep away from Mt Albert electorate office - one day after baby due “It was really important to me to provide something different form, as you say, the traditional portrait of a leader, where the subject tends to be centralised and making staunch or powerful eye contact,” he says. Actor Meyne Wyatt has won the Archibald Prize's Packing Room Prize for his self-portrait. In a statement about the piece, Humphrey said he and Walker spoke about their shared challenges as artists.Grieving mother pays tribute to six-year-old son killed in farm accident in the Bay of PlentyArdern, Bloomfield depicted in new exhibitionQuiz: Morning trivia challenge: September 19, 2020 Having known Ardern for about a decade, Ward Knox says he was keen to paint the prime minister – especially as he says she has changed little despite her position.Coronavirus: Two new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand, one in community “Those were things I really wanted to avoid, I wanted to push the subject slightly to the periphery of the frame.”Portraits of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and musician Stan Walker feature in the prestigious Archibald Prize, an Australian competition worth up to AUD $100,000.Clarke Gayford shares his and Neve's favourite handmade gift — a 'crazy eyes cat... with nipples' “I took hundreds of photos of Stan to capture his natural and authentic exactness, depicting his serious yet sincere personality, charisma and compassion through the choice of light, colour, expression, wardrobe and accessories,” he said. His lush, painterly style is far removed from that of his great-grandfather Albert Namatjira, and he is also more openly political. Ward Knox says he is “obviously pleased” to have been named a finalist, but says he has resisted mentally spending any prize money. Artist Edward Humphrey is a finalist for the Archibald Prize with this portrait of musician Stan Walker. First-time Archibald prize entrant Meyne Wyatt has broken new ground to win the packing room prize for his self-portrait. It's the first time an Indigenous artist has won any of the prizes on offer in the Archibald Prize in its 99-year history. I had options to choose and when I chose these, I didn’t think they were particularly weighty. A self-portrait of Meyne Wyatt won the Packing Room Prize on Thursday, making him the first Indigenous Australian to win any of the prizes which make up the Archibald Prize. More than 2500 submissions were made for the Archibald Prize 2020.The Falwells, the pool attendant and the double life that brought them all downMore retailers shut up shop in Christchurch malls post-Covid lockdownWhānau won't help police after Auckland baby's 'catastrophic' head injuriesAuckland man wins years-long speeding ticket case after police can't find evidenceUS Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died aged 87 The Wongutha-Yamatji man is the first Indigenous artist to win … Otago-based painter John Ward Knox met with Ardern before the Covid-19 pandemic took over, to produce what are essentially two completely separate portraits on silk. More than 2500 submissions were made for the Archibald Prize 2020. "I'm surprised to be here," the artist, writer and actor said. Boochani now lives in New Zealand. He wanted the portrait to be anything but the typical portraiture which hangs around Parliament. He is the first Indigenous artist to win any prize in the Archibald’s 99-year history. The Archibald prize this is regarded as the most important portraiture prize, and is the most prominent of all arts prizes, in Australia. It’s been third time’s a charm for Sydney artist Tony Costa who has won the 2019 Archibald Prize for his portrait of painter Lindy Lee. He then stretched the silk, so that you can see through the first layer to the portrait which sits behind.Artist John Ward Knox is a finalist for the Archibald Prize with this portrait of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. He met with Ardern before Covid-19 hit New Zealand, but acknowledges that she still looks rather stressed in his piece. I thought it showed someone engaged and obviously in thought,” he says.Queen strips disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of UK honour A portrait of Behrouz Boochani, a former refugee and a celebrated Kurdish-Iranian writer, is also included. Another Kiwi up for the Archibald Prize is Peter Wegner, who was born in New Zealand in 1953 but moved to Australia as a child. Vincent Namatjira has been a finalist several times, and has also won other major art prizes. The grand prize will be announced in a week.Jacinda Ardern said no to a portrait, but artist still wins with back-up plan “The role of the prime minister is always going to have weight that you bear.