The Benalla Art Gallery will be the only Victorian venue to host the 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize exhibition, which will be on display from 2 July - 4 September.
For the past 27 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize has encouraged excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter.
The annual portrait prize was founded by Doug and Greta Moran in 1988 and currently has a first prize of $150,000.
“We are proud and privileged that Benalla Art Gallery has been selected as the only Victorian venue to host this exhibition,” said Gallery Directory Bryony Nainby.
“The quality of the portraits in the exhibition is extraordinary, and the range of subjects is unusual and distinctive.”
The exhibition features the top 30 works selected by the judges, who in 2015 were artist Rick Amor and Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble.
The winning entry is by Melbourne artist and first-time competitor, Warren Crossett, who took out the $150,000 prize from a field of 912 entries with his work Self portrait after St Jerome Flanders.
Previous winners of the Doug Moran Prize include Ben Quilty and Vincent Fantauzzo.
Image: Winning entry Warren Crossett, Self portrait after St Jerome Flanders