The 2018 Winners are…

The 2018 Winners are…

Grand Winner – $3,000. Sponsored by Dal Zotto Wines 

Awarded to Winter Vines by Vanessa Kelly.

Winter Vines by Vanessa Kelly
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

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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.

King Valley Remains - watercolour painting by Julian Bruere
King Valley Remains – watercolour by Julian Bruere

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.

 

 

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