Michael Vale – Archibald Prize Review

by John McDonald


Read a review of the Archibald Prize by art critic John McDonald

“…thumbs up to Michael Vale’s Kid Congo on the island of the pink monkey birds – a suitably fantastic tribute to a cult guitarist. It’s an exercise in B-movie gothic that remembers a few points other artists have apparently forgotten. For instance, Vale has taken the time to capture a likeness. He has given us a composition, however bizarre, and he conveys a strong impression of the theatrical nature of a Kid Congo performance. Allowing for the ghouls and pink monkey birds it’s a rather old-fashoned portrait, and all the better for it.”

John McDonald, 2019

Click here to read the full article, via The Sydney Morning Herald web site.