A moving portrait of an elderly craftsman with severe bruising because of blood-thinning drugs has won this year's $40,000 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.

Gippsland-based artist Dawn Stubbs' Black and Blue, an oil painting of her 82-year-old father-in-law Max Stubbs, was named winner of WA's most prestigious art portrait prize out of 40 finalists, 15 of them from WA.

Cynthia Ellis' portrait of David - former _The West Australian _ art critic David Bromfield - won the Kailis Prize for Excellence. The new $20,000 Black Swan Prize for Heritage was awarded to Naomi Antenucci for her mixed-media triptych of Perth streetscapes, A Position in Time.

The winners were announced at a gala event last night at Linton & Kay's new city gallery in the refurbished Brookfield Place.

Judges included Gary Dufour from the Art Gallery of WA, Wesfarmers art curator Helen Carroll-Fairhall and WA Museum chief executive Alec Coles.

The exhibition runs until October 1 at Linton & Kay Gallery.

The West Australian

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