And the winner is….Camberwell Art Show 2017 was another resounding success and all selected artists are to be congratulated – of the 2,350 entries only 1350 were selected by the Selection Panel for inclusion in the 52nd display of artwork in this highly regarded annual exhibition of Australia’s best paintings.

The Judging Panel of highly credentialled artists and experienced judges including Chief Judge Colin Johnson, Lyn Mellady and Dr. Michael Mark awarded the $20,000 Best In Show Prize to:

“The Still Life Artist—Fiona” by Bill Caldwell.

The judging panel considered “...Without doubt this is a most worthy winner for such a prestigious show. The decision, after lengthy debate, was unanimous. As a panel we were impressed with the complex nature of the composition which excellently combines the unique qualities of the multiple still life, portrait and interior painting.

The sensory quality of the work is masterful. Can you smell the turps, oil paint and dust on the shelves? Soft and sharp light is rendered with ease as is the confident handling of the brushwork.

It’s an outstanding “conversation piece”. Congratulations, Bill!

 

Other awarded paintings were:

 

Best Non Traditional Painting < $3,500: “Squid” by Tom Nagy

In this work, both shallow and depth of space has been conveyed with confidence and energy. An aerial view is cleverly juxtaposed against flatter cross sections and they are suggestive of geodes. The glossy surface supports the imagery rather than relying on a precise decorative effect. The variety of the surface treatments demand close attention to the unique qualities of surface.

It is an exciting unique work.        

 

 

Best Traditional Painting $1500 & under: “Bright Blossoms” by Lorraine Burns

This painting shows how the traditional artistic skills can combine to create a quiet artistic elegance from a well observed subject. The colour of the blossoms becomes vibrant when supported by the subtle variety of greyed greens that compliment it. All objects in the painting support each other in subject matter creating greater unity. The drawing is pleasing and we can visually ‘feel’ the differing textures by varying use of brushstroke and tones. Just as the artist was able to find more that was wonderful with each brushstroke, her skill has also enabled us to share these discoveries as we study her painting.

This is a classically beautiful artwork of undoubted quality.

 

 

Best Non Traditional Painting < $1500: “Dusk” by Julie Simmons

This square composition and confident handling of the watercolour medium allows the viewer to engage with the subject rather than becoming dismantled by the materiality of the paint. A very suggestive creation of light at dusk in a factory creates a feeling of calm and repose.

A most worthy prize winner

 

Best Oil/Acrylic Painting< $1500: “Ballarat Railway Station” by  Brad Quinn

This small yet complicated work is full of light and atmosphere. The variety of forms, all most confidently drawn and painted, creates an atmosphere of excitement, sound and general movement. What is impressive is the capturing of light in its many forms from flashes to large sunlit areas. It’s an obvious winning work.

Congratulations Brad, upon your uniqueness of vision and exceptional skills. Well done!

 

 

Best Work on Paper < $1500: “Narrow Laneway – Venice” by Louis Sauzier

All judges agreed that this pastel work was a worthy winner of this award. The handling of the medium is impressive and confident. The patterns of light and shadow give excitement and atmosphere to the work. The exciting quality is further enhanced by the movement and attitudes of the figures in the laneway. This impressive work also has a strong sensory feel – like me, you can smell the coffee and garlic.

Without a doubt a most exceptional work

Each judge was also able to choose a particular favourite painting for a special judge’s award with each successful artist receiving $1,000.

 

Judge’s Special Award: Lyn Mellady: “Kabuki Bowie” by Jennifer Croom

Armed with the choice of what tools to use, enhance or eliminate, an artist has the ability to become selectively expressive. Jennifer has used stillness in the posture, vibrant warmth in facial colour and semi closed eyes possibly suggesting that we may not know his next move. The makeup and elaborate staging of traditional Kabuki has matching elements of Bowie’s style. Does the white background represent Kabuki makeup? The expressive, overlayed brush strokes have created a jewel -like build up on his shirt suggesting the rich creativity of his performances. What the artist has not painted has emphasised what she has chosen to show.  

 

Judge’s Special Award: Dr. Michael Mark: “Three Apples” by Leigh Hewitt

A deft handling of paint, combined with careful observation, produced a beautiful little painting. Resisting the temptation to ‘arrange’ the apples on a crystal vase or a patterned tablecloth and, instead, painting them in the plastic container is commendable.

  

Judge’s Special Award: Colin Johnson: “Sun’s Last Rays, Brunswick” by Darren Meader

I am impressed with the energy and excitement evident in this work. Busy and hectic come to mind when we think of Sydney Road and these aspects are expressed so boldly. This excitement is then calmed by the softness of the sun’s last rays making this work my obvious choice. 

 


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