The City of Melville’s 2019 Art Awards returned in September for its 43rd year with 260 artworks submitted and thirteen winners sharing in a prize pool of $16,000.
Judges were again impressed with the quality and diversity of entries this year and looked for qualities including Skills / Mastery of medium, Aesthetics and Innovation / extending the boundaries of the medium.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey opened the City’s 43rd annual Art Awards on Friday, 13 September 2019 and said this long standing event was a fantastic opportunity for new and emerging artists from across WA to have their works showcased in this open art, cultural program.
“Congratulations to our 2019 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,” Mayor Aubrey 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.”
The 2019 People’s Choice winner is Julie Reeves for her artwork “Maelstrom 2”.
2019 Art Award Winners:
Open Award (Acquisitive) Winner
Artist: Harvey Mullen
Title of Artwork: Ghost in the Machine III
This artwork is technically sophisticated consisting of many layers and conveying seductive depth. It is ambiguous yet curiously emotive.
Artist: David Green
Title of Artwork: Another Day Burns
This is a broody and evocative painting; the viewer is enveloped by its stillness. The skyscape is particularly well handled, demonstrating expressive tonal values.
Drawing/Print/Mixed Media Winner
Artist: Migara Ramanayake
Title of Artwork: Shadow of Bedlam
Judges’ Comments: This is an intriguing and technically highly proficient portrait that pulls the viewer behind the frame, to question the story behind the artist and their relationship with the subject.
Artist: Jane Button
Title of Artwork: Distant Shores
Judges’ Comments: The artist has pulled together different techniques and mediums in a pleasing and cohesive way to convey her personal narrative.
Artist: Paul Stojanovic
Title of Artwork: Caravan
Judges’ Comments: This is a joyful, optimistic and thoughtfully constructed artwork referencing Western Australia’s empty landscapes and large horizons.
Work by City of Melville Resident Winner
Artist: Jane Grierson
Title of Artwork: Marradungup
Judges’ Comments: This artwork conveys an emotional observance of the landscape, with stunning tonal qualities and beautiful composition.
Youth (ages 15 to 18) Winner
Artist: Jasmin Naish
Title of Artwork: Bloom
This artwork is finely detailed, beautifully handled, poetic and imaginative. It references the vulnerability of coming of age.
Highly Commended Prize Winners
Highly Commended Painting
Artist: Ryan Nazzari
Title of Artwork: Hotdog
Highly Commended Drawing/Print/Mixed Media
Artist: Sam Bloor
Title of Artwork: What’s Yours is Mine
Highly Commended Sculpture
Artist: Jane Ryan
Title of Artwork: Spring Flowers
Highly Commended Photography
Artist: Claudia Flores
Title of Artwork: Flying Wheels
Highly Commended Work by City of Melville Resident
Artist: Steven Makse
Title of Artwork: At Point Walter
Highly Commended Youth (ages 15-18)
Artist: Emma Hughes
Title of Artwork: Please, come in
Thank you to our sponsors Garden City Shopping Centre, Murdoch University, and St John of God Murdoch Hospital.
Melville City Arts and Events Instagram page hosted a competition in the lead up and during the Open Studios and Exhibition Trail weekend and Art Awards with the chance for entrants to win a $250 gift voucher to spend at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct HCP Shop, and up to six $50 gift vouchers to spend Garden City Shopping Centre Booragoon. Congratulations to the winner of the $250 HCP Shop Gift Voucher Pip Brown and to the three winners awarded with $50 gift vouchers; Nicole Steenhof, Kathy Bierma and Peta Ciraolo.
For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/artawards or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.
Image: < Open Award (Acquisitive) Winner Harvey Mullen for his work Ghost in the Machine III >