Professor Richard Goodwin from UNSW's College of Fine Arts has won the prestigious Wynne Prize, beating 28 other finalists.

The Wynne Prize and Sulman Prize are additional categories to Australia's most prestigious portraiture award, The Archibald Prize. All three prizes were announced at the Art Gallery of NSW today.

The Wynne Prize is awarded for a figure sculpture or landscape painting. Goodwin's sculpture, Co-isolated slave, is a vertically positioned motorcycle.

Goodwin is an award-winning artist whose career has spanned 30 years. His work ranges from freeway infrastructure to architecture and public artworks.

Goodwin established the Porosity Studio at COFA in 1996. It researches the intersection between art, architecture and urban design. Porosity now runs annual international workshops, which are recognised by universities and institutions worldwide, including the British Council.

Goodwin's win continues COFA's strong performance in the prizes.

Three COFA alumni were finalists in this year's Archibald Prize: Del Kathryn Barton, who won the prize in 2008; Adam Cullen, the winner in 2000; and Michael Lindeman, last year's Sulman prize winner.

Three COFA alumni were also shortlisted for the Wynne Prize - Neil Frazer, and Brigiat Maltese and Nigel Milsom, who was also shortlisted for the Sulman Prize along with Joanna Braithwaite, Peta Morris and Wang Xu.

The finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes will be on exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW until June 26.

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