Winner: Alison Indigo
Judge: Emma Collerton
Bathurst Regional Gallery
President Adele Bruens
Century 21, Prize donor
Thank you for the invitation to judge the Blackheath Art Prize. As I entered the exhibition, I was really impressed by the quality and diversity of approaches both in subject and technique. It is sign of a healthy creative art scene. Picasso once remarked, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” It is wonderful to see such wealth of creativity and talent on display here. Congratulations to everyone who entered. Keep creating.
First Prize: Misty Pond
Artist: Alison Indigo
Look beyond the ghastly reflective Perspex, beneath is a fabulous imaginative pastel landscape. The size is impressive, illustrating Indigo’s skill – pastel is an unforgiving medium. There is a poetic sensibility underpinning the composition, reminiscent of David Hockney -naïve but sophisticated. Beautiful use of colour, lyrical marks with depiction of the pond, trees, reflections, fence posts creating a dynamic composition.
Second Prize; Nuite Americaine
Artist: Thierry Ollivain
Striking photograph of cactuses in a green house. With the strong composition and dramatic light captured using the ‘American Night’ technique, Oillvain is carrying the torch of documentary greats Ansell Adams and Max Dupain.
Highly Commended : Euabalong
Artist: Peter Burger
Continuing the poetic response to landscape forged by artists Olsen and Ogburn in the 1960s, Burger has captured the dry Australian landscape.
Building up of layers using earthy palette, lyrical gestural marks of trees, shadows, rivers that meander through the landscape. He has captured the heart of drought stricken land.
Highly Commended: Ochre Rock
Artist: Virginia Gow
Striking Ochre cliff face that commands two-thirds of the painting. Confident and lyrical brush marks dance across the strong composition creating depth and presence
Highly Commended: Morning Arkaroola
Artist: Ward O’Neill
Beautifully painted landscape. The central mountain with bright orange morning light is majestic and surrounding valley alluring. It has spiritual quality.
Highly Commended: Rooftops Over St Ives
Artist: Ann Warnes
Skill and understanding of colour underpins this deceptively naive streetscape. Warnes painterly technique and astute eye has captured the winding streets, angular architecture with quirky windows, chimneys, birds on roof and the grey tones of the overcast Cornish village.
Artist: Patricia Abela
Medium: Phormium tenax
The sculptural installation of a basket is evocative. There is a cultural exchange, sharing of knowledge in its creation – the sourcing, weaving and knotting of natural material. The structure hanging from the wall cast shadows that add another dimension.
Artist: Jan Melville
Beautifully presented assemblage consisting of three compartments made of thick handmade paper. Inside is intriguing imagery – etchings printed in earthy colours woven with collage of found items (feathers and seedpods). Nature and the hand of the artist are present.
Commended and shared People’s Choice: Darcy
Artist: Angelika Sassenberg
A fabulous drawing of a Kangaroo with attitude. Humour underpins this drawing with the fighting Kangaroo depicted with arms crossed, tribal tattoos and earrings. The technical skill is very impressive especially the mark making in the creating of the fur on the body and the face.
Commended:The Birds Were Not Angelic
Artist: Leeanne Trew
Following in the tradition of CoBra, Trew’s painting is highly expressive and childlike at first glance. The bold colours, thick juicy application of oil and imaginative depiction of birds is both gusty and striking.
Commended: Landlines 1& 2
Artist: Glenice Ware
Medium: Mixed media
The diptych is a powerful journey through the Australian landscape. Rich earthy colours on unprimed canvas, rough edges enhancing the minimal composition reminiscent of the open spaces of the outback. The drawing travelling across the surface with thread is akin to Paul Klee “A line is a dot that went for a walk”.
Commended: First Light: Sublime Point Reserve
Artist: Sanja Zemljacenko Herrmann
A quintessential painting of the Blue Mountains – the morning light filtering through the leaves casting shades on the bark, with the bush as a theatrical backdrop. Her work continues the Australian landscape tradition of W Lister Lister’s The golden splendor of the bush (agnsw collection) and displays strong technical ability and mastery of colour.
The People’s Choice (shared with Angelika Sassenberg’s Darcy – see above): Creation
Artist: David Wardman