Congratulations to Justine Varga, who has been announced as a finalist in the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize! Now in its 10th year, the non-acquisitive prize was established to promote excellence in Australian Contemporary photography. The finalists will be exhibited at the Monash Gallery of Art, open from 25 September with an official launch on 1 October, when the winner will be announced.
For more details, visit www.mga.org.
Image: Justine Varga, Enter, 2015, from Accumulate, type C hand print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, ed. of 5.
Congratulations to William Mckinnon and Nadine Christensen, who have been selected as finalists in the 2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize! The exhibition is on at Bendigo Art Gallery from August 29 – November 1 2015. An acquisitive cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the artist by a section panel of independent judges.
For more information visit www.bendigoartgallery.com.Image: William McKinnon, The great indoors, 2015, oil and automotive enamel on synthetic linen, 190 x 240 cm.
Congratulations to Ildiko Kovacs, finalist in the 2015 Wynne Art Prize! The Wynne Prize is an annual award for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours, or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 18 July – 27 September 2015.
Image: Ildiko Kovacs, Sunlit, 2015, oil on plywood, 180 x 245 cm.
“I just think [art and sport are] so intertwined and close, and I always have. When I was at art school, I was a bit embarrassed by the idea that I had my tennis racquet underneath the table, but the connection for me has always been so strong. When I started boxing, I was training at five in the morning and five at night alongside professional boxers, and that’s when I saw that what they were doing in terms of skill and training was exactly what I’d be doing in the studio. And that’s where that connection became really clear to me.”
“William Mackinnon’s landscape paintings portray the Australian terrain and the road laid upon it with ebullience, wonder, whispers—and even terror. The artist makes paintings you can almost inhabit. His visions of the rural parcels around Melbourne capture the vastness of his domain in manners both terrestrial and emotional. But movement and displacement abound in his pictures too, conveying temporal urgency with stunning effect.
In day-lit, long-range views of wooded cliffs along the sea, and racy snapshots from nocturnal car rides wrought with dazzling, painterly invention and compositional risk, Mackinnon suggests the notion that the extraordinary abounds in the mundane and that the search for a perfect wave is not unlike the struggle to make a perfect work of art.”
An extract hot off the press from The Speed of Light and Dark: The paintings of William Mackinnon
by Alex Weinstein in The Surfer’s Journal
Congratulations to Ildiko Kovacs on winning the 2015 Bulgari Art Award!
Ildiko is the fourth winner of the Bulgari Art Award, one of the most prestigious art awards in Australia.
The $80,000 award includes the acquisition of one of Ildiko’s works by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and a $30,000 residency in Italy.
The acquired work, Onda, is also the first acquisition of Ildiko’s work by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
“Onda” is the Italian word for “wave”; Ildiko said of the work: “For me it’s a really important part of being at Bundeena, I love the ocean…The ocean has always been my lifeline…a lot of my work I guess is the rhythm of the wave, it’s my response to nature.”
The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Head Curator Wayne Tunnicliffe said: “I have long admired the gestural brilliance [of Ildiko’s work]…”Onda…exemplifies the artist’s innate understanding of colour and line.”
Onda is currently on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Head on over to our Facebook to check out photos from the award Gala!
Image: Ildiko Kovacs, Onda, 2015, oil on plywood, 180 x 365 cm, collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Trent Parke’s The Black Rose has been open at the Art Gallery of South Australia for almost a month, and the reviews are flooding in.
Here’s a taste of some of the media coverage so far:
Review: Trent Parke: Images, stories and rooms like pages turning
by Polly Dance on Raven Contemporary
Trent Parke’s photos capture the brilliantly ordinary struggle for life
by Heather L. Robinson on The Conversation
Excavating histories: Trent Parke’s Black Rose – in pictures
by Jonny Weeks on The Guardian
The Black Rose: an odyssey born of loss
by Susie Keen on The Conversation
Trent Parke’s moving Black Rose photo exhibition at Art Gallery of SA
by Sharon Verghis in The Australian
Interview with: Trent Parke
by Benjamin Chadbond and Patrick Mason in Try Hard Magazine
Trent Parke: The Black Rose, screens 21 April on ABC
by Catherine Hunter on ABC
Adelaide photographer Trent Parke uses The Black Rose exhibition to deal with childhood trauma
by Brett Williamson on ABC
We are so excited to announce that William Mackinnon has joined Hugo Michell Gallery as a represented artist!
William’s landscape paintings sit at the intersection between reality and imagination and convey a powerful sense of place and mood. William showed his latest body of work ‘Crossroads’ at Hugo Michell Gallery from 12 February to 21 March, hot off his sell-out show at Melbourne Art Fair 2014. In 2014 he was also a finalist in the Basil Sellers Prize and shortlisted for the Alice Prize. Born in Melbourne in 1978, he had his first show at the age of 19. He has exhibited widely nationally, and internationally in London, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. His work is held in the collections of Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne University, State Library of Victoria, Artbank, Griffith University, Holmsesglenn, Macquarie Bank Collections, RACV and Stonnington Council Collections, as well as various private collections in Australia and overseas.
We are thrilled to add this talented young artist to our great group of artists!
Trent Parke’s The Black Rose, the culmination of 7 years of work, opens on March 14 at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
“Collectively, they represent the fruits of an epic journey Parke began in a coastal Adelaide suburb in 2007, and which would end up yielding more than 3000 photographs, 15,000 words of text, 14 books, and various videos, installations and short films harvested from images taken around the South Australian capital and on road trips across the country over a period of seven years. In March at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Parke, the only Australian full member of the prestigious international Magnum Photos agency, will launch The Black Rose, an intensely personal exhibition born of childhood grief and one he views as the most significant of his career. The exhibition, which will occupy the entire bottom floor of the gallery, will be the largest single exhibition of the artist’s work, featuring everything from 120cm x 150cm silver gelatin prints to a site-specific installation at the entrance of the stairs (the “forest” with birds and bats) at around 26m by 4m.The director of AGSA, Nick Mitzevich, says the institution is honoured to “be the first gallery to present The Black Rose, one of our most ambitious contemporary art projects to date, and presented on a scale seldom seen.””
Read more about the journey of this body of work at The Australian.