James Dodd and William Mackinnon, Finalists in Hadley’s Art Prize

Congratulations to James Dodd and William Mackinnon, who have both been selected as Finalists in the inaugural Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart! Australia’s richest landscape prize, it is an acquisitive prize valued at $100,000. Held annually to celebrate painting, printing and drawing, the Prize aims to reconnect with the history of art exhibitions at the Hadley’s Orient Hotel, which was built in 1834.

The 2017 theme is History and Place; the Prize will be awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape which acknowledges the past.

Exhibition opens July 14, where the Winner will be announced. The exhibition will run from July 15 through August.

Image: James Dodd, Nowhere, 2016, acrylic on linen, 137.2 x 96.5 cm.

Nowhere is a painting produced as part of a suite of works by Dodd responding to sites along the Murray River in South Australia.  The work incorporates visual impressions of the cliff-faces that are iconic of this region, and interprets the colours and textures of the landscape as a heightened, almost synthetic experience.  All of the text, marks and inscriptions that are integrated into the representation have been collected from physical surfaces of the region; this is to say that the original marks are the scrawled residues from people who have passed through and inhabited the region over an extended period of time. Dodd has a long-standing interest in the ways in which graffiti, marked and found on public surfaces, might be incorporated into the representation of landscape in such a way as to imply the people and histories of places.

Image: William Mackinnon, Community, 2010, acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen, 99 x 122 cm.