Winners - Great Southern Art Award 2015

The 2015 Great Southern Art Award winners were announced at the official exhibition opening last week at the Vancouver Arts Centre.

The winners were presented with their awards and over 90 art works were exhibited to invited guests.

City of Albany Acquisitive Prize
Winner: Carly Le Cerf, Soar
Judges’ comments: The work showed an excellent use of the encaustic medium. The lines of the topographical landscape create a strongly abstracted yet readable narrative. Overall the painting offers different views dependant on the viewing distance, where colours, forms, perspectives, surface layers, transparency and opaqueness push and pull, contributing to the overall compactness and harmony in the work.

Winner: Samantha Dennison, White Jug and Lemon
Judges’ comments: The work captures an exquisite sense of light. Overall the work is informed by a structured classical restraint, which coupled with its rich use of colour, light and shadow, imbues the composition with a quiet energy.
Highly commended: Beth Kirkland, Quiet
Judges’ comments: The work is small but captivating. The permeable layers of pigment combine to create interesting intersections and overlays.

Works on Paper
Winner: Ria di Cola, The Disconnect
Judges’ comments: The pared down palette of this work creates a vulnerable image. The child’s expression seems troubled; he is floating, almost pushed into the picture frame. The ambiguity in the narrative, the absence of a hint feeds the strength of the image.
Highly commended: Chelsea Hopkins-Allan, Butterfly Wing – Scales No. 35
Judges’ comments: A rich tapestry of colour and an intriguingly reductive work. The droplets of colour create a fluid but shifting movement throughout the work, sometimes creating an optical illusion of depth.

Print Award
Winner: Anita Hotker, Misty Morning
Judges’ comments: A moody and engaging photograph, it shows a distinct structure, proportions and composition. The subtle band of ochre underlines and strengthens the meditative blurred nature of repetition in the centre of the work, the trees.

3D Sculptural Award
Winner: James McLean, Triumph
Judges’ comments: The simplicity of the work belies a complex web of meanings. A density and heaviness of form gradually dilute to an organic and aerated body at its base. A touch of pink pierces the uniformity and industrial character of the work with flesh like openings. The work almost seems to breathe, inviting a new enquiry.

The exhibition continues until May 17 at the Vancouver Arts Centre.