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Art packers pick their favourite

Matthew Lynn's portrait of novelist Tara Moss has won the 22nd Packing Room Prize, chosen by out of 39 works of art.

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Blue Mountains artist Matthew Lynn's portrait of novelist Tara Moss has won the 22nd Packing Room Prize, announced on Thursday at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Lynn has been an Archibald finalist numerous times and has twice been a runner-up. He won the People's Choice Award for his 1997 portrait of publisher Jeanne Ryckmans.

His previous Archibald entries have included portraits of Pat O'Shane, Neville Wran, Hetti Perkins, Wendy Sharpe and Anna Volska.

People's Choice: Asher Keddie titled 'Love face' by Vincent Fantauzzo Click for more photos

Finalists Archibald Prize 2013

People's Choice: Asher Keddie titled 'Love face' by Vincent Fantauzzo Photo: Suppleid

This is the 22nd year of the Packing Room Prize, which is judged by the staff who receive the portraits and hang them in the gallery. Lynne receives $1000 cash and a $500 ANZ Visa debit card.

A total of 860 Archibald prize entries were whittled down to 39 finalists by the gallery's 11 trustees in about four hours.

Other finalists include Jasper Knight's portrait of Adam Cullen, Vincent Fantauzzo's portrait of Asher Keddie, former winner Del Kathryn Barton's portrait of Hugo Weaving, Abdul Abdullah's portrait of Anthony Mundine, and Alexander McKenzie's portrait of Toni Collette.

The portrait of Tara Moss by Matthew Lynn.

The portrait of Tara Moss by Matthew Lynn. Photo: Supplied

Michael Lindeman's entry Dear Trustees (self-portrait) is in the form of a letter to the prize's 11 judges.

The winner of the $75,000 Archibald Prize, as well as the winners of the Sulman and Wynne Prizes will be revealed on March 22.

To date, the Packing Room Prize has never coincided with the Archibald judges' decision.