Local artist Peter Dawson is the winner of the 12 x 12 Contemporary Art Prize 2011 held at Art Is… Studio and Gallery. He receives $500 for his painting titled Tattoos and Lilies. Judge Dr Gillian Turner announced the winning artwork at the opening of the exhibition last week and selected Dawson’s work from over 100 entries all of which are the same size, twelve inches square.
Dr Turner comments: “This work demonstrates fine mastery of painting technique and draws on traditional subject matter in a new and challenging way. The tattooed arm brings a modern context to the academic use of the male form, and there is a sense of intense sadness generated by the juxtaposition of lilies – (often associated with funerals) – and the nude torso. The interplay between the strength of the masculine form, and the fragile, almost feminine, presence of the flowers makes this painting quite outstanding. Congratulations to the artist.”
Five other award winners, Maud Melort, Annita Peters, Sally Ford, Brock Sibley and Lyn Dickson received $100 each.
Maud Melort, Walking on Thin Ice. Photograph.
Judge’s comments: “A subtle image that explore landscape through texture and shifting perspectives. The composition is strong and challenges traditional understanding of landscape.”
Annita Peters, Pause. Life drawing.
Judge’s comments: “A very strong composition that makes sensitive use of line and form. The simplification of the male figure is excellent.”
Brock Sibley, Davies II. Mixed Media Abstract.
Judge’s comments: “A dynamic piece that explores texture and colour. The use of mixed media works extremely well in this small format.”
Sally Ford, Moo Who? Drawing.
Judge’s comments: “What a fun drawing this is! There is strong use of line and tone. The unusual perspective bring great energy to the work and creates the humour.”
Lyn Dickson, Loose Leaves. Paper Sculpture.
Judge’s comments: “There is a sense of joy in the subtle variety of the textured layers that form this work. The attention to detail is lovely.”
A further ten artists received Merit Awards: Sue Baulch, Teri-Ann Beattie, Mary Black, Ryan Brearley, Janne Kearney, Denise Main, Pam Morgan, Jakki Oakes, Steve Parkhill and Robe Wallace.
Viewers can vote for their favourite work in the People’s Choice Award by filling in a form at the gallery, and go in the draw to win a set of pastels donated by Geelong Art Supplies.
12 x 12 Contemporary Art Prize 2011 exhibition is showing at Art Is… Studio & Gallery,
64 Lt Malop St, Geelong until 7 October 2011. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm.