Melbourne-based artist Peter Wegner painted the portrait of Mr Warren, who turned 100 in April and was born in the same year that the Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. It is titled “Portrait of Guy Warren at 100”.
Wegner said the coincidence was not intentional but “nicely timed”.
“My wife burst into tears, and I was speechless … this is an unbelievable moment in my life,” Mr Wegner said in a statement after the award ceremony.
Wegner was a previous Archibald Prize finalist in 2020, 2016, 2011, 2004 and 2000, while Mr Warren won the 1985 Archibald for his own work.
Meanwhile, Indigenous painter Nyapanyapa Yunupingu won the Wynne Prize for her landscape painting “Garak – night sky” and Georgia Spain won the Sulman Prize for her painting “Getting down or falling up”.
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