Winner JAMES HANCOCK
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Judge MATHEW LYNN
First Prize: Reflections, Kedumba RIver
Artist: James Hancock
A beautiful and consummate oil painting, direct, full of a wide variety of brave dynamic passages and touches that come together in a beautiful harmony. Not prettified but focussing on direct experience and expression. A work as much about painting itself, and painting for its own sake.
Second Prize: Oak Leaves and Acorns
Artist: Mary Muss
A very unassuming still-life painting tucked away in a corner, full of wonderful skill and the realising of painted passages as a unity. Not over done, with just enough looseness to give the objects a subtle vibration.
Highly Commended: Musical enigma
Artist: Joy Myers Creed
Medium: Mixed media
A very speculative and successful contemporary mixed-media work with interesting dynamics of surface texture and colour with embedded print motif. Successfully achieves an unusual mood through this contemporary exploration.
Highly Commended: The First Friarbirds of the Day, Eva Valley NT
Artist: Susan Roxon
Struck by this beautiful pastel experience straight away, never loses sight of articulating a beautiful complex atmosphere, with wonderful touches of colour. The whole is much more than the sum of the parts, a very important thing to remember for us!
Commended: The Hilda
Artist: Rayamond Berry
The Hilda – a beautiful joyful example of just making a painting no matter what the subject matter. Striking, almost naive design sense and strength of colours and shapes in their own right telling their own story.
Commended: Glenroy, Coxs River
Artist: Bruce Dingwall
Very skilful and powerful watercolour which never gets overtaken by rigidity or sentimentality. Beautiful dynamics and range of marks, passages and colours, and freeness.
Commended: Wilson St. Katoomba
Artist: Paul Gorjan
Medium: Oil on canvas
Beautiful small and restrained painting, quietly powerful, restricted colours, beautiful composition sense, and harmoniously painted as a complete picture.
Commended: Nothing to say and that’s ok
Artist: Lee Niass
Simple, direct, unassuming, like an afterthought that suddenly hits you cutting through everything. This beautiful little face and composition seems like only half an idea but sometimes this is just enough!
Commended: The Fez
Artist: Liz Connnor
Undeniable pastel/Conte skills should always be celebrated!