2018 Art Awards Winners Announced!

10 September 2018

The 2018 Art Awards take you on a journey through seascapes and streetscapes, to the far reaches of our diverse country and home again according to the Judges.

Impressed with the quality and diversity of entries, the judges Ron Nyisztor, Penny Bovell and Connie Petrillo. selected thirteen artworks for recognition at the opening night on Friday, 7 September 2018. 

City of Melville Deputy Mayor Matthew Woodall opened the City’s 42nd annual Art Awards, revealing 260 artworks entered by WA artists and presenting the $16,000 prize pool to this year’s winners.  

“Congratulations to our 2018 winners, and to those whose work has been highly commended by the judges; with such remarkable entries it was no doubt a difficult job for our judges to select the winners among such an impressive line-up,” Deputy Mayor Woodall said.

“The City’s Annual Art Awards bring together the talent of seasoned artists, emerging artists and local students to collectively yield an exhibition of immense creative excellence.

“Thank you to all the artists who have entered this year; the quality of the exhibition is testament to all of the individual’s dedication to their chosen practice, and without you we would not be able to offer our community this wonderful free annual event,”

“I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and explore the gallery space; and make sure you get involved and vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Choice Award, which will see the winner receive a $1,000 prize at the close of the exhibition.”

2018 Art Award Winners:

Category:  Open Award (Acquisitive) 
Artist’s Name: Ben Sherar
Title of Artwork:  Grand Sonata
Judges’ Comments: Technically innovative use of resins and oil paint on aluminium 
base. Nuanced detail of a cloud that plays with the fixing a changeable subject.

Category: Painting
Artist’s Name: Jen Mellor 
Title of Artwork: Margaret River Mouth
Judges’ Comments: A well-executed painting of a classic seascape.

Category: Drawing/Mixed Media/Print 
Artist’s Name: Ross Potter
Title of Artwork: Flame of the Old King Jarrah 
Judges’ Comments: An exquisite, conceptually refined drawing – reminiscent of visual poetry.

Category: 3D Sculpture 
Artist’s Name: Charmaine Ball
Title of Artwork: Pointless Perfection 
Judges’ Comments: Commanding and restrained use of materials and forms with a 
creative use of ambient light and shade.

Category: Photography 
Artist’s Name: Melinda Ison-Poor
Title of Artwork: The Capital 
Judges’ Comments: Interesting use of photography printed onto cloth evoking a crisp 
Canberra light.

Category: Youth (ages 15 to 18) 
Artist: Edie Duffy
Title of Artwork: Humours (Sanguine) 
Judges’ Comments: Ambitious effort of a detailed self-portrait and well-handled 
background.

Category: Work by City of Melville Resident 
Artist: Wade Taylor
Title of Artwork: Poolside
Judges’ Comments: Courageous subject in its conversations about awkwardness and 
banality.

Category: Visions of Melville 
Artist: Lietta Jacobs
Title of Artwork: Eclectic
Judges’ Comments: Hard-edged graphic style of an iconic local landmark.

Category: People's Choice Award
Artist: Vicki Sangster
Title of Artwork: Drinks on Tap

Highly Commended Prize Winners

Highly Commended Painting
Artist: Cynthia Ellis
Title of Artwork: Blue Yellow Painting
Judges Comments: A tough little painting that stands out from the crowd.

Highly Commended Drawing/Print/Mixed Media
Artist: Jeremy Sweeting
Title of Artwork: Chronophobia
Judges Comments: Interesting and playful series of prints with a serious message.

Highly Commended Sculpture
Artist: Sarah Elson
Title of Artwork: Bird of Paradise Lost – Regain
Judges Comments: Challenging and hard hitting concept using a classic sculptural technique with a high level of detail.

Highly Commended Photography
Artist: Tracey Killen
Title of Artwork: Kings Park Light Trails
Judges Comments: Classic capture of light and movement.

Highly Commended Youth (ages 15-18)
Artist: Yee Hern Kim
Title of Artwork: Quiet Place
Judges Comments: Sombre but colourful study using an unconventional perspective.

Check out our Open Studios Art Trail videos.  

Thank you to our sponsors Garden City Shopping Centre, Murdoch University, Fremantle Herald and St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

The Art Awards exhibition and art sale is open to the public daily until Sunday, 16 September 2018 from 10.00am to 4.00pm (closing at 2.00pm on the final day) at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon. 

For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/exhibition

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