2019 Archibald Prize winner announced

The winner of the 2019 Archibald Prize has been announced the the Art Galley of New South Wales.

Tony Costa has taken out the top gong for his portrait of a leading contemporary Australian artist, Lindy Lee.

He’ll be pocketing $100,000 for the award winning creation.


It’s the first time a winning portrait has featured an Asian Australian subject.

Tony Costa had previously been on the shortlist three times.

“I’m absolutely overwhelmed, honoured and thrilled,”

“I am very aware of all those who have come before me as Archibald Prize winners and I am humbled, to say the least,” Mr Costa said.

Among the 50 finalists, were Tessa MacKay’s ‘Packing Room Prize’ winner of actor David Wenham, and other portraits of high-profile Australians.

The exhibition will be open for public viewing tomorrow from 10.00am.

The Archibald Prize is now in its 98th year.