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06 December 2013
The winners of the 2013 Blacktown City Art Prize were announced last night at the official opening of the Art Prize exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre.
The Art Prize, open to the public until 23 January 2014, features a prize pool of over $20,000 across a range of categories including Works on Paper, Painting, Water Colour, Sculpture, Children and Young Artists, Aboriginal Artists, Environmental, Local Artist, People's Choice, Youth Artist and Young Painter.
Judged by well-known art figures, Catherine O'Donnell, Robyn Backen and Bronwyn Bancroft, more than 500 entries competed for a top spot in each of the categories.
"Congratulations to all the artists who entered the 2013 Art Prize; the quality of this year's exhibition appears to have reached new highs", Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Len Robinson said at the official opening.
"Thank you also to this year's judges for providing their time and expertise in the selection of an outstanding range of visual artworks", Mayor Robinson said.
Winners and highly commended entries of the 2013 Blacktown Art Prize include:
Painting - Winner: Linda Joyce (Killarney Heights) for her work Xanthoparmelia Semiviridis - The Vagrant Lichen.
The judges praised this artwork; a combination of technical skill and an ambiguous representation of the subject, it provides an unsettling and thought-provoking experience for the viewer.
Painting - Highly Commended:
- Happy Wandering Winter II by Nadege Lamy (Wentworth Falls)
- The Gap by Wonjun Jo (Kingsford)
- Mr Johnson by James Birch and Damian Dillon (Lilyfield).
Watercolour - Winner: Jessica Bradford (Sydney) for her work Pt Macquarie.
The judges noted Bradford's work as an intimate combination of nostalgia and discomfort. The choice of image captures a disquieting moment, evoking the intimacy and connection of a family photograph.
Watercolour - Highly Commended:
- Weathered Driftwood by Brian Stratton (Bringelly)
- Lipotes vexillifer by Yang En Hume (Belmore)
Works on Paper - Winner: Rew Hanks (Beecroft) for his work, Stop! There's No Need to Shoot the Natives.
The judges noted the work displayed beautiful line work and attention to detail, and is a testament to the skills of the artist and his dedication to his craft.
Works on Paper - Highly Commended:
- Dirty by Terence Combos (Padstow Heights)
- Intervals by Jacqueline Rose (Sydney)
- Buenos Aires, No. 23 by Edgar Schilter (Clifton)
Sculpture - Winner: Jody Graham (Newtown) for her work Someone else's life.
The piece communicates the universal narrative of human life. Its ordered, compact form evokes both the fragility and mundane aspects of existence but is also evidence of the care and love that can surround it.
Sculpture - Highly Commended:
- Emotional Impact of Migration by Elke Wohlfahrt (Dundas Valley)
- Bumper Bark by Rachel Sheree (Leppington).
Open category winners:
Aboriginal Artist Prize: Craig Tangye (St Clair) for The Hawkesbury
Environmental Art Prize: Ro Murray (Newtown) for Harvest
Local Artist Prize: Peter Carney (Mount Druitt) for Death Instinct
Youth Artist Prize: Edgar Schilter (Clifton) for Buenos Aires, No. 23
Blacktown Workers Club Prize: Mehwish Iqbal (Merrylands) for Maha
Young Painter Prize: Liam Ambrose (Caringbah) for Tabourie 2010 (Josh)
The Blacktown City Art Prize is an annual exhibition, held at Blacktown Arts Centre, displaying local, regional and national artists. Now in its 18th year, the Art Prize has grown to become one of the most popular art prizes in New South Wales. The prize helps to promote outstanding local and emerging artistic talent from across Australia.
Visitors are welcome to view the prodigious degree of talent of the Art Prize during the exhibition from Friday, 6 December to Thursday, 23 January 2014, at Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown. Admission is free.
Visitors can cast their vote for the People's Choice Award throughout the exhibition.
For more information on the Blacktown Arts Market, visit www.artscentre.blacktown.nsw.gov.au or contact Blacktown Arts Centre on 9839 6558.
For artist interviews, enquiries and images contact Blacktown City Council on (02) 9839 6000.