Winner Kathryn Hope
Judges Robin Martin and Lindena Robb
First Prize: Hill & River
Artist: Kathryn Hope
Medium: wax, oil
This exceptional artwork stood out as a unique visual feast. Not only is this technique rarely seen, it is masterfully done. It invited an emotional response due to the depth, texture and colour, as well as evoking stories about the landscape and water. Within all that, Kathryn was shown her skill in using regular shapes to create an irregular image, which is not an easy task.
Second Prize: At the Marketplace
Artist: Paul Gorjan
Medium: Oil on canvas
Paul’s small artwork called to me with a lightness and busyness that said “this artist knows what he’s doing.” He’s thick luscious use of oil paint was immediately appealing, whilst his limited colour pallet invites a quiet gaze at the busy subject matter. It is humble in its execution. The tonal balance and the angles in the composition, a very pleasing.
Highly Commended: Morning at Locksley
Artist: Annie Joseph
This watercolour needs to be seen. The subtleties are breathtaking. A classic highly skilled work, drawing the viewer down the dirt road as the daylight comes or goes. It evokes a sense of peace and depth. The gentle blending of colour can be easily unseen, which shows how Annie’s practise has been honed.
Highly Commended: Somewhere else, Australia
Artist: Julie Paterson
Medium: Acrylic on linen
Julie’s work spoke to me about earthy, natural textures, and the complexity of simple things. I enjoyed the way Julie applied colour to the linen surface, and allowed it to tell its own story by being uneven, and textural. The shadow colour of the distant mountain was a lovely surprise. And then there was the delight of the stitching in the foreground, complimenting the random marks of branches and vegetation.
Highly Commended: Australian Natives 1
Artist: Chris Stevenson
Medium: Acrylic on board
Even though I could hardly recognise the native plants, it didn’t matter. I could feel them. This artwork was so appealing due to Chris’s passionate application. It shouted, “This is fun and the plants are glorious.” The use of thick paint, brush marks and patterned highlights added excitement. The beautiful colour palette of ochre and greens was really was gorgeous.
Highly Commended: The Church
Artist: Sharyn Wright
Medium: Lino print
I gasped with amazement when I laid eyes on this small yet powerful piece. The invitation to walk up that shadowed path with the dappled light was enticing. It was the irregular pattern of light that was so fascinating and as a lino cut it stands out as a well executed artwork.
Commended: After the Fire 2
Artist: Denis Gallagher
This photograph took my eye, due to its beautiful colour, which I though was painted. Finding it was a photograph was a surprise. Apart from finding beauty in the pain of a bushfire, I found this piece to be rather gorgeous. The layout of dead and burnt foliage upon and about the rusted torn metal was definitely an invitation to be skilfully photographed.
Commended: Bottles on Tabletop, Study
Artist: Nicole George
Medium: Mixed media on paper
Simplicity is what attracted me to this artwork. The family of bottles is attractive, due to their subtle curves and differences. Then the choice of muted colours, and the unselfconscious lines, the imperfections and the way the paint was laid down, all contributed to a lovely piece.
Artist: Keith Lamport
Well what a delight this watercolour is, evoking memories not only of fun days outdoors together, but old story books with paintings of kids and dogs outside.
I was just plain delighted by this image and then the skill of the watercolourist, to apply just enough paint and offer enough information for me to make up the rest. Beautiful application of shadows and gentle colour mixing made this a joy to look at.
Commended: Reidsdale – Irish Corner
Artist: Jan Melville
Medium: Mixed media print collage on canvas
This unusual work was a surprise and a delight, as I found it quiet lovely as well as strong and evocative. I was attracted to the texture and random shapes with no clear explanation. It has a sense of spaciousness, a wild place, outdoors, with wild things living there. The layered colours and prints added more interest, leaving me wanting to know more.
Artist: Mary Muss
This one attracted my eye straight away. Marbels have always held a kind of magic within their translucent spheres, and Mary must have enjoyed their beauty too. But to paint them takes a good eye and artistic skill to create a little gem like this artwork. The detailed reflections and shadows are beautifully painted, yet it is still charmed by brush marks and is not attempting to be as realistic as a photo.
Commended: Little Oberon Littoral
Artist: Ward O’Neill
I was drawn to this clear detailed painting. I almost shivered as I gazed upon the sparkling water and felt the tension in the swimmers shoulders. A beautifully crafted scene, painted with fine detail, yet free brush marks at the same time. It implied a deep understanding of how to paint water, which is a challenge for most. I also appreciated how sensitive Ward was in allowing the viewer to really get the feeling of the figure entering the surf.
Encouragement Award: Remembering Charcoal Lane – Archie Roach
Artist: Else-Beate Bright
Medium: Watercolour on canvas
This work shows sensitivity to its subject, and is appealing in its gentle tonal application of paint. I felt this artist should receive this award to encourage them to realise their skill and potential to create more intriguing works.