Guest Judges

Guest Judges

The Art on Show Awards are very grateful for the generous support of our judges, and are proud to announce David Fairbairn acclaimed Australian painter and printmaker, winner of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, 2016 Archibald Prize finalist, and Lecturer at the National Art School Sydney, will judge the 2017 Woollam Constructions Art on Show Awards.

David Fairbairn

Born in Zambia in 1949, Fairbairn studied art at the West Surrey College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in London. He arrived in Sydney in 1981 and lives and works in the small hamlet of Wedderburn, south-west of Sydney.

David teaches at the National Art School – Sydney, has had 29 solo shows and has participated in 147 group exhibitions. He has won 48 art prizes including the 1999 Dobell Drawing Prize, the 2002 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, and the 2012 Mosman Art Prize. And has been selected nine time as an Archibald Prize finalist, including 2016. David is extensively represented nationally and internationally in both public and private collections. David says “I would describe my working process as a combination of painting and drawing. I have had a long interest in portraiture extending back to 1983 with my first successful entry into the Archibald Prize. I prefer older subjects who have had interesting life experiences, which make it possible for me to create a more emotive, expressive and visually stimulating response to them.”

Visit the Art Gallery of N.S.W. website to view David discussing his drawing practice in relation to the Dobell Drawing Prize
Or follow the link to the artist’s CV

Judges are invited each year from a range of art disciplines and are recognized for their own outstanding achievement in arts related fields. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize their commitment to supporting and promoting the Australian art’s community.

2106 Judge

Artist Rona Green

2015 Judge

Jason Smith, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern


2014 Judge

 Artist G.W Bot


2013 Judge

Beckett Rozentals: National Gallery of Victoria

2012 Judge

Emma Kindred:National Gallery of Australia


2011 Judge

Artist Joe Furlonger


2010 Judge

Artist Ron McBurnie

2009 Judge

Natalie Wilson, Art Gallery of New South Wales


2008 Judge

Angela Goddard, Queensland Art Gallery


2007 Judge

Michael Wardell, Artspace Mackay

2006 Judge

Christine Campbell, Flying Arts Alliance