An image of Rudy Komon

Eric John Smith

(Australia 1919 – )

Rudy Komon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Eric Smith's portrait of his dealer, gallery owner Rudy Komon won the Archibald Prize for 1981. When it was discovered that there were similarities between the winning portrait and a photograph of Komon dating from 1974, artist John Bloomfield, whose 1975 award had been withdrawn on the grounds that his portrait of Tim Burstall was painted directly from a magazine photograph, subsequently sued for the return of the prize. The case was dismissed on 23 September 1983.

Peter Ross, 'Let's Face It: The history of the Archibald Prize' 2005, pg. 147.

This work was acquired by the Gallery in 1982.

Year
1981
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
180.0 x 168.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated top c. verso on frame, black fibre-tipped pen "... 1981 ERIC SMITH ...".
Credit
Purchased 1982
Accession number
237.1982
Copyright
© Eric Smith