Fil-Aus Marikit Santiago's "The Divine" wins the Art Gallery of NSW 2020 Sir John Sulman Prize

On Wednesday, 21 October 2020, Consul General Ezzedin H. Tago, together with Consul Melanie Rita B. Diano, Cultural Officer Nova De Lara, Finance Officer Joeban Sayong and Consular Assistant Rey Damgo, visited, upon the invitation of the Yavuz Art Gallery Director for International Programming Max Homaie, the solo exhibition of “My Father’s Son” by Filipino-Australian artist Marikit Santiago.

A total of nine (9) artworks were on display at the gallery. Ms. Santiago uses different medium including cardboard as her canvass, representing the “balikbayan box” that Filipinos abroad use in sending goodies for loved ones back in the Philippines.

Ms. Santiago is the winner of the Art Gallery of New South Wales 2020 Sir John Sulman Prize for her work entitled “The Divine,” portraying her three children, depicting the Christian doctrine of original sin focusing on ideals of faith, creation stories, motherhood, heritage and gender roles.

The Sir John Sulman Prize is a subject painting with themes from history, poetry, mythology and religion or philosophical idea. The 2020 Sulman Prize was judged by artist Khadim Ali.

“The Divine” is on exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), together with the finalists, and the winners and finalists of the Archibald and Wynn Prizes. Ms. Santiago was also a finalist of the 2016 Archibald Prize – Australia’s pre-eminent portraiture event, and an icon of Australian artistic endeavour, and the 2019 Sulman Prize. She also received the Sam Whiteley Commendation Award, Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Institute of Modern Art Australia in 2018.

Consul Diano and Ms. De Lara visited the AGNSW for the exclusive exhibitions of the Sulman, Archibald and Wynn Prizes winners and finalists.

PCG Sydney strongly recommends that those interested visit the Yavuz Art Gallery in Redfern to view the collection, and also list the Art Gallery of NSW to view "The Divine" and other paintings.

“The Divine” - Winner of the 2020 Sir John Sulman Prize

Featuring the children of artist Marikit Santiago who also have collaborated on the winning piece by doing the pen and paint markings

From left: Yavuz Gallery Executive Margaux Ducerisier, Director for International Programming Max Homaei, Consul General Ezzedin Tago, Marikit Santiago, Gallery Director Sarah Hibbs and Consul Melanie Rita Diano

“The Legacy”, featuring Ms. Santiago’s son and her father, at My Father’s Son, 2020, Yavuz Gallery, Sydney

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