The winner of the inaugural Collie Art Prize was announced at the Official Opening on Friday, 2 March 2018.
The acquisitive first prize of $50,000 cash has been made possible thanks to the generous commitment of Collie & Districts Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank.
The two non-acquisitive prizes of $5000 cash and a complimentary exhibition at the Collie Art Gallery were also awarded at the Official Opening thanks to the Rotary Club of Collie.
A non-acquisitive People’s Choice prize of $1000 cash presented by local accommodation provider Whispering Pines will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition.
The exhibition is on show 10am-4pm until 15 April 2018. Entry fees apply.
Congratulations to the winner of the inaugural $50,000 Collie Art prize
By Virtue of This Act I Hereby Take Possession of This Land
Size: 72.3 x 45 cm
This defining moment in Australia’s history and identity in addressed in this print that illustrates the discovery of the Islands and the continent by Captain James Cook.
To add a contemporary element to the work and reinforce the concept of invasion I have included imagery of space invaders.
Rotary Prize I
Synchronymity (96 Alistair Taylors)
Medium: Acrylic on aluminium and board
Size: 79 x 120 cm
In the course of a not uncommon discombobulation with the dreaded Facebook, I managed to lose my page and, in the ensuing search, discovered an alarming number of Alastair Taylors all over the world.
It was a sobering moment, to discover that my name had been shared around so profligately, and made me realise what a small speck on the planet I am; so far from unique, even among blokes with my exact name and even spelling.
I decided to paint all the ones I could find, and I’m sure there are many more.
Rotary Prize II
Medium: Charcoal, Watercolour, gouache, acrylic, ink, wax pencil and coloured pencil
Size: 110.6 x 124.4 cm
The sweet, alluring prettiness of cotton candy for the masses with an aura of self-image obsession.
A carefully constructed identity fixated on looking good and counting likes.
Fading reality and authentic expression by the intoxication of social media, possessions and money.
The emptiness of expectation, the pressure of perfection, the confusion of fact and fantasy and the end of conversation.
Individual identity hushed in a haze of fluffy stuff.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 FINALISTS
Vivian Falk – Why
Jamie Preisz – Today, Now, Everyday (Red Lenses)
Claire Primrose – Before and After
Riste Andrievski – A Portrait of an Industrial Migrant Landscape
Loribelle Spirovski – Study for Ali
Miriam Innes – Reclaimed: Journey Back to Nature
Kate Just – Feminist Fan: Selection
Matthew Clarke – Selfie
Bridgette McNab – Self Portrait with Cosmos
Brian Robinson – By Virtue of this Act I Hereby Take Possession of This Land
Christine Lawrence – Mongers Lake
Sally Wilson – Arcadian Home
Erika Gofton – Sincere Lie
Norah Murphy – Untitled
Penny Coss – Of Their Own Accord
Catherine Gartner – Banjo – The Old Sheep Shearer
Monique Tippett – Nature of Being
Carl Gopalkrishnan – Bombshells 1 to 3
Jordan Richardson – Self Portrait as Fool
Lori Pensini – Mary (Wartum-No tu man)
Wanda Comrie – Collective Propagation
James Tinsley – Paradise Lost
Benjamin Mitchell – A Girl Reading
Anne McCaughey – Battling On
Nigel Hewitt – Arcadia
Tanya Jaceglav – Underground
Donna Heart – It’s So Beautiful from 35,000 Feet
Kirsten Sivyer – First Came the Sun
Tony Belobrajdic – By the Table
Alun Rhys Jones – The Wrestler
Suzanna Castleden – 5.31am On This Side of the World.
Elisa Markes-Young – The Original Place 1/2018
Sarah Smith – Cotton Candy
Andy Quilty – Casuarina
Alastair Taylor – Synchronymity (96 Alastair Taylors)
Olga Cironis – Calling
Daevid Anderson – Sheila
Nicole Slatter – Birthday
Patricia Kelly – A Fragile Journey
Daniella Panizza – Beyond the Farm Gates of My Heritage
Mel Dare – The Stories I Tell Myself
Wade Taylor – Palmeston
Elmari Steyn – Umbra: S33o 38.347’/E115o 01.567’
Cathy van Ee – Hold Onto Your Dreams