Winner: Peter Burger
President: Adele Bruens
First Prize: Bathurst Hills
Artist: Peter Burger
A stand out example of an Australian landscape painting. With bold confidence displayed in its application and brush work. The palette harking back to paintings by Arthur Streeton’s stark colours and lighting, I found this painting exceptional.
Second Prize: The Arrival
Artist: Stan Stefaniak
Medium: Oil on linen
With eye catching vibrancy this painting draws in the viewer with it’s compositional choice. Masterfully executed this maritime painting is full of detail and accuracy and leaves the viewer imaging the impending drama of the days work ahead for the tug boat and container ship captains.
Highly Commended : Dry Pickings – Lightning Ridge
Artist: Helen Hudson
A wonderful landscape painting capturing the iconic red earth of the Australian outback typical of the Lightning Ridge area.
Highly Commended: Earth Comforts
Artist: Joy Myers Creed
Medium: Solar etching
A well captured study of a life drawing set with strong execution and capture of foreshortening showing strong draftsmanship and skill
Highly Commended: There There
Artist: Thierry Ollivain
An intriguing photograph with multiple perspectives and views. The complexity of the reflections leave the viewer captured in perpetual cycle of trying to understand the image. A wonderfully complex photo.
Highly Commended: Portrait of a Girl
Artist: Phil Went
A beautiful rendition of a mystery girl in a traditional styled portrait. The clever use of bare linen left unpainted gives this portrait study a wonderful simplicity and ease of viewing.
Commended: Lovell Street
Artist: Paul Gorgan
Such a beautiful little painting cleverly using perspective and composition with a muted palette.
Commended: Country Crossing
Artist: Barbara Holmes
Inspirational and colourful rendition of a rail over pass. With wonderfully lose brush strokes giving this painting an impressionist feel reminiscent of early French impressionists.
Commended: The Glade
Artist: Keith Lamport
A wonderful dark and moody watercolour painting which takes the viewer into the distant light and what may be new beginnings.
Commended: Cook Street
Artist: Annette Macrae
Medium: Oil and acrylic
Technically excellent capture of an architectural rendition of a 20s style bungalow. With clever use of the entire canvas area whilst maintaining the viewers focus and intrigue through a single open window.
Commended: Govett’s Leap after Bushfire
Artist: Christine Stewart:
A moody capture of a Blue Mountains escarpment complete with moody skies.
Commended: Rooftops of St. Ives
Artist: Ann Warnes:
Wonderful painting which takes the viewer into every corner of the painting. With a lovely soft palette this scene could be any streetscape in Europe as well as Sydney.
Encouragement Award: Lakeside Dreaming
Artist: Sally Gersbach:
Medium: Mixed media
Judge’s comments: With a wonderful whimsical delicacy this painting of a lake side vista is interestingly executed. A mixture of technics and mediums this painting suits the porthole style composition and view drawing the vista into the painting.