Bald admiration for Bald Archies

CONVERSATION: Encouraging conversation is the Bald Archies at the Grand View. Chatting about this caricature of Pauline Hanson is exhibition coordinator  Peter Batey, hotel owner Gerald Brock and artist Ed McMahon.
CONVERSATION: Encouraging conversation is the Bald Archies at the Grand View. Chatting about this caricature of Pauline Hanson is exhibition coordinator Peter Batey, hotel owner Gerald Brock and artist Ed McMahon.

The Bald Archies has attracted some bald admiration as it hangs on the Grand View Hotel gallery walls for the second year.

Exhibition coordinator Peter Batey said the Grand View hotel was a “terrific venue” to bring the exhibition.

“This is a place where people can see the art and talk to one another.  This is a meeting place with a friendly feel.  Do you notice that in art galleries, no one speaks?  I want people to talk about the art,” Mr Batey said.

And certainly the exhibition is inviting plenty of comment.  Present at the opening was one of the artists and former finalist Ed McMahon who has contributed several works depicting Pauline Hanson, one with Donald Trump.

“I painted Pauline because I had a lot of orange paint left over.  If I only had blonde paint, she wouldn’t be there,” he said.

The Bald Archy art exhibition will hang at the Grand View until July 16.​

The exhibition is known for its sense of humour and appreciation of irreverence, satire and larrikinism.

The Bald Archy Prize is a spoof of the more serious Archibald Prize and calls for comic and satiric portraits of Australian celebrities, politicians, sports people and other prominent personalities. Celebrities include Magda Szubanski, David Warner, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Mauboy and Jimmy Barnes.

Winning works of 45 finalists all competing for a $10,000 cash prize will be announced in Sydney on July 21.  The exhibition is open from10am to 3pm. Adults are $5, concession $4, children under 12 free.