Art Sets.

Bulgari Art Award

By the Art Gallery of NSW

The Bulgari Art Award is awarded annually to support mid-career Australian painters.

The Bulgari Art Award is one of the most valuable and prestigious art awards in Australia. Sponsored by Bulgari, the award consists of $50,000 for the acquisition of a painting for the Gallery’s collection and a residency for the artist in Rome, Italy valued at $30,000.

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2017 winner

One of Australia’s finest colour painters, Tomislav Nikolic, is the recipient of the 2017 award for his painting Just before the most significant events, people are particularly prone to deny the possibilities of the future. (cause all we're doing is learning how to die) 2014–17.

Nikolic’s form of abstract colour painting involves an extraordinary layering of colour creating a visual encounter of great chromatic intensity.


2016 winner


2015 winner


2014 winner


2013 winner


2012 winner