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