Illawarra art in the frame for Archibald Prize

Justin Feuerring, in his studio in Austinmer, is one of four Illawarra artists in the Salon des Refuses exhibition. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Justin Feuerring, in his studio in Austinmer, is one of four Illawarra artists in the Salon des Refuses exhibition. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Two Illawarra artists will be eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Archibald Prize on Friday, but four more who did not make the final list have still been given some recognition.

The Salon des Refuses, billed as an alternative selection of the Archibald and Wynne prizes, opens at Sydney's S.H. Ervin Gallery on Saturday, with four Illawarra artists part of the line-up.

Evan Salmon from Port Kembla and Justin Feuerring from Austinmer are included in the Archibald selection, while Gwynneville's Julie Donnelly and Thirroul artist Paul Ryan - an Archibald finalist for his portrait of actor Richard Roxburgh - will show their entries in the Wynne landscape section.

Feuerring's portrait is of broadcaster and documentary maker John Safran. Feuerring flew to Melbourne to meet Safran for a portrait as part of a body of work on religion.

"The series is about exploring the relevance of religion in a contemporary context," Feuerring said.

Salon des Refuses is at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Millers Point until September 14.

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