A is for Archibald: the ABCs of the Archibald (a self-portrait)

The smallest (and most disproportionate) Archibald entry this year (and maybe ever!)

As you know, little over a week ago I entered the tallest possible paper to the Archibald Prize at 3.3 metres (here is the full explanation).

What you didn’t know however is that also entered the Archibald with probably the smallest work (just 14 cm tall and 9cm wide). There is of course also a twist. That same work also probably had the most disproportionate dimensions of any entry this year because it was a foldout Japanese Album notebook stretching to 279cm wide.

I entered it under an artistic alias I sometimes go by (because only one entry per artist is permitted in the Archibald Prize and, well, I’m a radical rebel).

As you might know I’ve been on an epic odyssey over the past almost three months to win the Archibald prize partly through calculation and partly creativity.

So what if I could, I thought, tell both my story, the story of the Archibald Prize and the story of all entrants in a single work? But it would need to be intimate, personal and relatable to both the audience and the judges.

This artwork was perhaps even more rebellious than my gigantic paper painting - it was a self-referencing book titled: A is for Archibald: The ABCs of Australia’s most famous art prize

Some of my favourite letters - M is for Me (self-portrait), J is for Judges, O is for Oil Paint, G is for Gigantic, H is for Hope, N is for Noticeability and S for Self-Portraits.
Here is the completed book along with a letter to the judges and my heart laid bare.
The complete series 'How to win the Archibald Prize'
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P.S - If you'd like an original print of my Archibald journey for $20 just go here.

Frequently Asked Questions
What Others Are Asking...

These are the most common questions asked of Oscar.

Products

Why are your products so special?

Many products (including wall art and t-shirts) are made by combining stock art (you know, images you can buy on used on bad advertisements) to make pretty patterns that don't mean a lot.

Oscar’s works are original and interesting - all designed and crafted using his own hands onto real paper with his imagination, real pencils and ink. That’s what makes each piece like nothing else in the world.

What are the prints made of? Why are they such quality?

Each piece is printed onto the finest museum grade paper. Oscar chooses the Hahnemuhle brand because it feels and looks superb (if you’re interested it’s acid free and calcium carbonate buffered) plus it can last longer than 100 years!

The inking process is called giclée printing and is a high-quality way of getting ink onto the best paper.

id="size" Which size is right for me? A few helpful things to consider:

A4 is small and good for a small desk, kitchen or small wall like a corner.

A3 is medium and good for a larger desk, larger kitchen or moderate sized wall.

A2 a larger and really nice on a wall, behind a bed or desk, adorning a hallway or thoroughfare.

A1 a very large and a wonderful way to make an impact in a room, office, reception, thoroughfare or atrium. Pow.

Dimensions

A4 210 x 297 mm | 8.3 x 11.7 in
A3 297 x 420 mm | 11.7 x 16.5 in
A2 420 x 594 mm | 16.5 x 23.4 in
A1 594 x 841 mm | 23.4 x 33.1 in

Buying

Do you offer free worldwide shipping?

Oscar offers free shipping to anywhere in the world. The farthest flung so far is the Netherlands, United States and England but he’d love to go even further! (perhaps you’re from Nepal or Antarctica maybe?)

How can Oscar offer free shipping?

Well, Oscar loves free shipping and it’s worth what it costs him for radically happy customers!

Can I return and get a refund if I’m not 100% happy?

Yes! Of course. Oscar wants you to be radically happy and satisfied (that’s good business isn’t it? But also good humanness...). We’re convinced you will be! But if for whatever reason you’re not super happy please contact us and we’ll arrange a full refund as soon as humanly possible.

Oscar

Oscar is Award-Winning?

Yes. He’s entered and won art prizes including for a piece about a magical bus and its passengers and a 22 page piece Moleskin about a boy who woke up with a strange knowing one day. He was also featured in prominent publications for his work and journey to one of the world’s largest portrait prizes, The Archibald Prize.

But now he prefers to imagine and make to change the world.

What is Oscar’s life Mission?

Oscar mission is to change the world with a pencil, pens and beautiful paper so that his imaginative tales and creations can be found in rooms, offices, buses and wall facades in town and cities large and small - so people awe at the ordinary.

A billion people on earth would be nice :) A beloved collection of children’s books too (that Roald Dahl would be proud of). Oh, and a film trilogy...

But I’d love to start (if you don’t mind) with you today!

● Have another questions? Contact Oscar here and he'd love to answer it!

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