Annual Art Awards 2020 winners announced

14 October 2020

The City of Melville’s annual Art Awards exhibition opened on Saturday, 10 October with the 11 winners and highly commended recipients announced.

The City of Melville’s annual Art Awards exhibition opened on Saturday, 10 October with the 11 winners and highly commended recipients sharing in a prize pool of $20,000.

The judges were impressed by the quality and diversity among the more than 260 artworks entered into the 44th edition of the annual awards.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the awards highlighted the community’s increasing artistic talents.

“We have been so pleased with the number and quality of established and emerging artists who have entered this year,” said Mayor Gear.

“We are glad to provide an opportunity for artists of varied disciplines and backgrounds to participate in an open arts and cultural program to raise their profiles, and also congratulate the 11 winners this year in their respective categories.

“We appreciate the support of St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Westfield Booragoon and Community News in helping us host the Art Awards and Open Studios this year.

 “The second weekend of Open Studios 2020 will take place on Saturday, 17 October and Sunday, 18 October and will feature 12 locations where our community can gain a unique perspective into the lives of local artists and creatives.”

The First Prize (Acquisitive) Winner was Wade Taylor for his artwork Daylight Ghost.

The Art Awards exhibition is open until Sunday, 18 October, opening from 10.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays and 10.00am to 4.00pm on weekends at the City of Melville Civic Centre.

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2020 Art Award Winners:

First Prize (Acquisitive) Winner

Artist: Wade Taylor

Title of Artwork: Daylight Ghost

Judges’ Comments:  A striking, impactful work that creates an immediate tension and sense of rising panic. The artist applies traditional oil painting techniques to a contemporary scene of impending roadside catastrophe, alluding to current issues such as bushfire, climate change and drought.

Work by City of Melville Resident Winner

Artist: Suzanne Lawson

Title of Artwork: Luka

Judges’ Comments: A moving and beautifully realised portrait conveying the artist’s affection for a dearly loved family member.

Youth (ages 15 to 18) Winner

Artist: Keeley McKeown

Title of Artwork: Shan Waves to Hoskusai

Judges’ Comments: An arresting example of portraiture, intriguing the viewer and leaving them wanting to know more about the subject. The artist demonstrates good control of the medium and original design concepts. 

Oil Winner

Artist: Marcia Hadlow

Title of Artwork: One Hundred and One

Judges’ Comments:  A highly skilled contemporary still-life work with fascinating detail, including the reflection of the bird in the vessel.

Acrylic Winner

Artist: Brett Williams

Title of Artwork: Kelly: Postcard from Heaven

Judges’ Comments: Through the abstracted icon of a readily recognisable Australian historical figure the artist is humorously, and perhaps seriously, referencing the symbology of masks within the context of current world events.

Watercolour Winner

Artist: Kathy Bierma

Title of Artwork: The Timekeeper

Judges’ Comments: A technically well resolved work, creating intense contrast between light and dark. An unusual method and subject for the watercolour medium.

Printmaking Winner

Artist: Bethwyn Porter

Title of Artwork: Jervoise Bay Dusk

Judges’ Comments:  Capturing  a uniquely Western Australian landscape and depicting  a subtle sense of movement. Masterful printmaking skills, particularly the relationship between the background ink wash and the black printed elements comprising the landscape foreground.

Drawing Winner

Artist: Lorraine Defleur

Title of Artwork: The River and The Snake

Judges’ Comments: There is an enjoyable ambituity to this work, and the forms and fine lines could reference  architecture, landscape, or geology.  The shapes and texture create a clever play between pictorial planes, giving the viewer a sense of sections receding and moving forward.

Sculpture Winner

Artist: Chris Goldberg

Title of Artwork: Black Dog

Judges’ Comments: An emotionally affecting work addressing mental illness, conveying both the negative and positive in a  complexity of emotions. The dog  offers comfort whilst  the man  averts his gaze from his hopeful canine companion.

Digital and New Media Winner

Artist: Jennie Feyen

Title of Artwork: The Light of the Star

Judges’ Comments: The artist demonstrates great skill as a visual storyteller and does not rely on  dialogue to convey meaning. Beautifully filmed,it is easy for the viewer to ‘see themselves’ at the centre of this work.

Mixed Media Winner

Artist: Hanae Meyer

Title of Artwork: Wound Up

Judges’ Comments: Clever combination of materials and techniques that draw together obsolete printing ribbons

with natural fibres and connect different times and cultural moments.

Work by City of Melville Resident Special Mention:

Artist: Julia Paton-Williams

Title of Artwork: Salmon Brick Studies

Judges’ Comments: An original and interesting observation of mid-century Melville residential architecture. A strong connection to time and place.

Highly Commended Prize Winners:

Highly Commended Oil

Artist: Katrina Lievense

Title of Artwork: Penny

Highly Commended Acrylic

Artist: Greg Barr

Title of Artwork: Adam Goodes

Highly Commended Watercolour

Artist: Sue Cross

Title of Artwork: Wet Rocks # 10

Highly Commended Printmaking

Artist: Angela Ferrola 

Title of Artwork: Lady On A Swing

Highly Commended Drawing

Artist: Jordan Andreotta

Title of Artwork: A Gateway To Our Past

Highly Commended Sculpture

Artist: Georgia Herbert

Title of Artwork: Like Smoulder

Highly Commended Mixed Media

Artist: Andrew Farmer

Title of Artwork: Solis

Highly Digital and New Media

Artist: Joanna Brown

Title of Artwork: Wattle Be, Will Be

Highly Commended Youth (ages 15-18)

Artist: Ashleigha Davidson

Title of Artwork: Passing Down Traditions


Image: The Art Awards 2020 winners and highly commended recipients. Picture: Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne

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