Grand Winner – $3,000. Sponsored by Dal Zotto Wines
Awarded to Winter Vines by Vanessa Kelly.
This luminous painting elegantly and economically conveys the melancholy of a vineyard in winter. Painting with restraint, the artist conveys the gleam of winter light in a pale sky and the darkening perspective of the tangle of old growth before pruning – evocative and spare.
People’s Choice – $500. Sponsored by King Valley Tourism Association
King Valley Theme – Barb Sartori Memorial Prize $1000.
Awarded to King Valley Remains by Julian Bruere.
This masterly watercolour creates both an authentic image of place and the sense of the dry heat and harsh summer conditions typical of the region. Paint is applied loosely and fluidly with judicious use of highlights and sparks of colour for emphasis.
Most Innovative Work – $500. Sponsored by Brown Brothers
Awarded to Free Your Mind by Tirelle Peter.
Incorporating elements of surrealist imagery and collage, this work inventively and cleverly combines its graphic elements with great finesse.
Still Life Pastel or Watercolour to $500. Sponsored by Chrismont Wines
Awarded to Diplolaena Grandiflora by Margaret Zaal.
A fine and sensitive rendering of one of the first specimens of Australian native flora ever collected. The Diplolaena Grandiflora was first collected at Shark’s Bay in Western Australia by William Dampier in 1699.
Local Emerging Artist – $750 Sponsored by RBA Financial Group
Awarded to Peony by Joelene Mitchell
This work demonstrates the earnest endeavours of the aspiring artist. The peony’s striking colour and tones are well observed in this bold composition.
Pastel to $500. Sponsored by Boonderoo Farm
Awarded to Luscious Peaches by Mary Briggs
This little still life is reminiscent of the domestic intimacy of a Pierre Bonnard. The simple subject has a quiet sense of celebration of nature’s most succulent fruits.
Pastel $1000. Sponsored by Pizzini Wines
Awarded to My Distant View by Ben Jenkins
A subjective and moody work utilising the pastel medium’s natural qualities for softness and blending of tones, this work creates an image that evokes a quiet sense of reverie.
Watercolour/Gouache to $750. Sponsored by Eminence Wines
Awarded to Dusty Hills by Linda D’Agostina
An elegant and restrained interpretation of a landscape as it might appear in one’s memory; colours and tones are used economically to create this whimsical and layered image.
Watercolour/Gouache to $1000. Sponsored by Friends of the Art Show
Awarded to Wren’s World by Sharon Pate
The wren is immersed in its shifting world of leaves and light. The camouflage of the beautifully painted foliage almost conceals this busy bird at work.
Work on Paper to $500. Sponsored by Casa Luna Gourmet Accom.
Awarded to Duck Feathers by Bronwyn Van De Graaff
This exquisite drawing confounds the eye and mind in its subtle rendering of the lightest of subjects. In a simple and fluid composition, these feathers almost float off the page.
Work on Paper – $1000. Sponsored by Friends of the Art Show
Awarded to Disorder by Janet Grealy
The abstract and layered impressions of this frottage drawing evoke a great many associations. It invites contemplation by the viewer to speculate on its many intersections and spatial elements.
Printmaking – $750. Sponsored by Ovens & King Builders
Awarded to Stud Muster by Libby Schreiber
A cheerful take on the life of the sheep farmer – sheep, truck, man, dog and bird. Striking contrasts of texture and tone make this little print a joy to behold.
Printmaking – $1000. Sponsored by Friends of the Art Show
Awarded to King and Queen (after Don Dale) by Robert Hague
This work is a commentary on the impact of colonialisation in the era of Empire. The image of the plate is utilised as a fragile and fractured device to convey the artist’s concerns.
Oil/Acrylic to $500. Sponsored by King River Estate Wines
Awarded to Silverstreak by Kylie Sirett.
In this contemporary view of scattered objects, the eye closes tightly on its subject, creating a striking composition — a dramatic use of light and shade with a gleaming high note.
Oil/Acrylic to $1000. Sponsored by Hargraves Secured Investments
Awarded to Wild Quince by Gregory R Smith.
Gregory R Smith brings vitality and nuance to this traditional still-life subject. His mastery of the medium is outstanding; the paint is handled loosely and yet with precision. The work carries much of the baroque Dutch sensibility.
Oil/Acrylic to $1,500. Sponsored by Friends of the Art Show
Awarded to Valley Memories by Kate Gorman
This painting’s subdued palette evokes a feeling of subjective memory. Vestiges of the figurative elements of landscape linger, as do one’s fleeting memories of place, temperature, light and shadow.
Judge’s Gem – $400. Sponsored by Chandon
Awarded to King Parrot Feather by Bronwyn Van De Graaf
An exquisite and delightful work.