First Prize: Lockdown
Artist: Diana Dwyer
A beautifully rendered work, I was continually drawn back to this piece. It is very much of the moment. The vulnerability we all felt during lockdown is portrayed through the emptiness of the composition through the body language and exposure of the half-dressed musician slumped and drained of energy. Musicians have seriously suffered during COVID and we wonder with her about her future.
Second Prize: Little Triangle and Friends
Artist: Maggie McKenzie
Medium: Collage/Mixed media
A well executed and thoughtful painting, it entertains and moves the eye around the canvas through the use of coloured shapes and playful motifs. A very satisfying piece.
Highly Commended: 17.5 kms from Stuart Town
Artist: Jo Chipperfield
The composition and fall of the light create a very strong, compelling image.
Highly Commended: Crimson Embers
Artist: Christine Hyde
Medium: Mixed media
A strong composition with very effective colour and tonal work. The artist has very good control over a difficult medium and has produced a wonderful strong free piece.
Highly Commended: Artefacts
Artist: Jan Melville
Medium: Eco dyed paper MM drypoint
A beautiful piece using the artist’s obvious skill with her chosen medium. All the disparate parts relate to one another individually as well as to the piece as a whole.
Highly Commended: Reconciliation
Artist: Lucinda Strauss
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
A very strong work which has lots of energy and is well executed.
Commended: Old Mates
Artist: Bruce Dingwall
A very lively work. The men and the dog draw you in. You could just sit down and have a chat with them and while away an afternoon.
Commended: A View of Katoomba Railway Station
Artist: Paul Gorgan
Medium: Oil on canvas
I love the very strong structure in the front which gives strength to the layering.
Artist: Richard Grammer
Medium: Mixed media
The strength of the woman draws you in. She’s keeping an eye out.
Commended: ‘Our Ash’
Artist: Keith Lamport
A whimsical little piece that makes you smile.
Commended: Quiet Morning
Artist: John Marsh
Moody with strong shapes. Atmospheric.
Commended: Quiet Passion
Artist: Phil Went
Medium: Oil on wood
An attractive and tonally satisfying little still life. You could share the passionfruit with someone.