Winner: Elizabeth Roet
Prize donor Stephen Williams, Century 21
Acting President Jo Chipperfield
Overall, the exhibition contained a field of diverse and quality artworks. The smaller artworks were particularly strong, displaying adventurous use of colour. Many artists honoured the everyday or local vernacular in their works. Proof that you don’t have to produce large artworks to be noticed.
First Prize: Bleaching
Artist: Elizabeth Roet
This is a glorious abstract painting with a powerful political message. In a time of climate change and warming oceans, this work reminds us of the threat to the world’s coral reefs – and of the role of artists in helping us to treasure our environment.
Second Prize and shared People’s Choice: The Clouds Parted, Gangerang Range
Artist: Ian Brown
This photograph is both technically brilliant and glorious. As with all good photography, the artists has waited to capture a moment in time – when clouds part to reveal the majesty of the mountains.
Highly Commended : Street Scene, Bathurst
Artist: Barbara Holmes
Holmes has chosen as her subject matter an everyday scene with a touch of humour – a suburban street corner, with a car racing away. Her paint handling is confident, her colours beautifully capture changing seasons, Autumn to winter.
Highly Commended: Looking Out of the Cabin at Angorichina
Artist: Ruth le Cheminant
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
This large artwork has a glorious use of colour. It is at once landscape and abstraction. A painting full of light and happiness.
Highly Commended: Fogbound on Mistral, Katoomba
Artist: Gaele Rogers Perazzo
This pastel captures the effect of an orange streetlight on a deserted wet street corner at night. The subject matter is both mysterious and threatening.
Highly Commended: Ronnie
Artist: Phil Went:
Medium: , Oil on linen
This sensitive portrait captures the spirit and nature of its subject ‘Ronnie’. Sophisticated tonal qualities and confident handling of paint.
Commended: Portland House
Artist: Jane Canfield
Medium: Oil on canvas/board
A particularly beautiful yet simple artwork. Small in scale, its subtle palette and simplicity of form belies its sophistication. Beautifully captures the softness of winter light.
Commended: Blue on Blue
Artist: Kathy Harrington
Medium: Water media
Artist captures the delicacy of petal and colour of the Hydrangea flower. Use of intense Yves Klein blue as a background colour makes the flower pop. Use of flattened background plane and vase is a clever visual trick.
Commended: Hawkesbury Harmony
Artist: Geoff Hayes
Medium: Mixed Media
This landscape section, captures the softness and intricate formation of Sydney sandstone found all along the Hawkesbury’s water edge. Clever handling of mixed media and colour.
Commended: The Long Walk Home
Artist: Ulla Heckel
Confident use of colour and paint medium. This small work packs an attention seeking punch.
Commended: Mountain Ash in Mist
Artist: Goeff Smith
This Black and White photograph places the viewer inside a dense bush forest scene, through which is misted light. Captured here is a highly evocative, private and primeval world.
Commended:Last glimpse of the Sunset
Artist: Sanja Zemljacenko Harrmann
Medium: Oil on canvas
This painting of sunlight glimpsed through native flowers has a strong graphic design element. Use of tertiary colour particularly confident.
The People’s Choice (shared with Ian Brown, see above) Off the Mudgee Road:
Artist: Leonie Lyall