Competitions and Entry Forms
Exhibition runs from the 13th May - 11th July 2013
The annual John Villiers Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Show 2013 offical opening night on the 17th May 2013 started wonderfully with a great crowd of locals and visitors alike being there for a delightful evening of art and etertainment!
The winners were announced by Judge Michael Snape at 7.15pm with the competition being very fierce this year. There with a total of 60 works selected to be finalists in category one, painting (any medium), and 16 works selected to be finalists in category two, three dimensional works, 16 more works (total) being selected as finalists this year than last year.
The winning entries with judges comments can be found below.
First Prize Winners
Tin Can Bay artist, Robin Hines, won the major $7,000 prize for his outstanding oil on canvas, Desert Runoff. Art show judge, Michael Snape, described the entry as “The sky is more in the water than the top of the picture. The Sky has become merged with the air and atmosphere. The sun also is in the water. There is nothing else. Only the remains. Captivating work. Nolan meets Rees meets Fullbrook."
While Rowena Paine-Murphy from Mt Isa won the three dimensional category for the second consecutive year with her dramatic woven wire, wood, rock and hebel brick entry, A fragile landscape. Rowena’s winning artwork in 2012 was an unusual wire and stone ‘earth vase’. The Judge Michael Snape commented that her work was “Innovative, gentle sedimentary. Asks the big questions lightly. How freshly the turquoise flows, set in the rock of time."
Second Prize Winners
The work In blue by Mary Brown won 2nd prize in the Painting (any medium). Michael described her was as “The picture is made up of a series of minor explosions that ignite in a uniform, even rhythm. This is a good place to find oneself happily lost.”
Jennie Scott rushed in to take up the 2nd prize in the three dimensional category with her work Capt Starlight. The judge described her work of driftwood, wire, cloth, leather and ceramic as “Undeniably well executed. Two integrated horses telling a familiar story lovely.”
Third Prize Winners
Third prize Painting (any medium) was won by regular entrant, artist Uta Wild with her acrylic on canvas entry entitled Mining Australia. Michael Snape commented that he lovely how 'honest the painting was of the landscape, that it was not a political piece mealy and artist showing a landscape transformed, as it now is.'
The lovely Sash Whitehead took 3rd prize in the three dimensional category with her work Legends of Pioneer (French polished red cedar). Michael Snape commented that the work was a delight; it was “Eccentric totems, a curious work, surprising depth for such flatness.”
There was also three works picked for highly commended by the judge, they were:
~ Marie Green of Agnes Water – Grey clouds gather (oil on linen)
~ Nan Dingle of Margate – In the Mulga late afternoon (oil on canvas)
~ Carmen Beezley-Drake of Rockhampton – Across the Valley (oil on canvas)
The Celebrity Prize
Wynnum artist, De Gillett, won the Celebrity Prize with Thargomindah Smoko, 1936. This oil on linen entry was selected by an art industry professional on behalf of The John Villiers Trust. The Trust is the competition’s principal supporter with assistance from Winton Shire Council and Arts Queensland.
The Judge of the Art Show Michael Snape also ran a 2 day workshop over the weekend (18th/19th may 2013) after the opening. It was a small but intense workshop with exciting outcomes using car parts scavenged from the local tip to create beautiful sculptural artworks. Much fun was had by all attendees.
Stay tuned for The people's choice award, as it will be counted at the close of the exhibition.
For any inquiries please contact:
Jessica Marshall, Curator Waltzing Matilda Centre/Outback Regional Gallery
Phone: 07 4657 1466
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