Aussie actor portrait wins Archibald Prize

A PORTRAIT of Australian actor Hugo Weaving by Sydney artist Del Kathryn Barton won the 2013 Archibald Prize, announced on Friday.

The intricate, colourful portrait topped the field of 868 entries for the nation's most prestigious art prize.

It was the second win for Ms Barton, who previously won the Archie in 2008 for a portrait of herself with her two children.

She said Hugo Weaving was an Australian cultural treasure who she had admired for many years.

"More than anything I hoped to portray a sincere, deep, generous and creative soul," Ms Barton said.

The winners for the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Sulman and Wynne Prizes were also announced on Friday.

Imants Tillers won the Wynne Prize, for a work titled Namatjira, while Victoria Reichelt won the Sulman Prize for her work After (books).

Xiuying Chen also won the national Watercolour Prize for the work Central Railway Station, Sydney.