The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate the winners of the 132nd Members Annual,
judged by María Saurí, Julie Fay Brims and Julie Manning .
Exhibition continues in Petrie Terrace Gallery until Sunday 3rd July.
Overall Winner – Best Artwork
by Laura Phillips
Oil on Board
This painting has an intentional two-dimensional feel in its composition and presentation which is quite beautiful in its effect. The palette used is subtle and evocative. Although the work is a rendition of a traditional subject, i.e., a still life, there is no hint here of antiquity. The artist in this case has made it their own, creating a work which seems timeless.
SECTION 1: Painting – Oils & Acrylics
Tim Page. War Photographer
by Joanne Brooker
Acrylic on Panel
This work is bold and alive, painted in eye-catching colour. It is well-rounded as a painting: the elements of a war photographers’ life surrounding the subject give his character authenticity. The figure of Tim Page is commanding from the centre of the composition and painted with genuine expression. It is technically accomplished.
Encounter at Coochie
by Peter Hubbard
Oil on Board
This painting emanates light and warmth. It is very successful in telling its story around an encounter at Coochie. The composition is appealing and very natural. The artist has been skilled in depicting the figures and their interaction within the landscape. Overall, this is an enticing and atmospheric work.
My Country 465
by Max Butler
This work shows very skilled use of a bold colour palette, set out in a clever composition. The bands of foreground, middle and background reveal their details slowly on continued examination of the painting – it invites looking and re-looking to discover the elements in each part of its striking landscape.
SECTION 2: Painting – Watercolour
by Tony Walker
This work shows excellent use of a limited palette and expressive line work. The use of watercolour as a medium has been harnessed to its full extent in skilfully depicting the landscape. Overall, this is an evocative work which is infused with light.
Duck and Lilly under the Milky Way
by Wilna TenCate
This painting shows good balance between the watercolour use on the figure and the duck and an illustrative approach to the background. The figure, face and animal are sensitively and expressively depicted, with good technical skill. The overall composition is very well balanced.
SECTION 3: Photography, Digital Painting & Digital Manipulation
by Di Cox
There is a very effective two-dimensional presence to this work. The composition is balanced, and the inclusion of chairs on the open space in the foreground gives the work a light-hearted summery feel.
Colour in the Fog
by Richard McLaren
The photographer here has captured a mystical and ethereal quality to the subject matter of a landscape in fog, which translates well as a larger presentation.
SECTION 4: Sculpture – 3D works all media
by Kathy Sullivan
This wirework sculpture is delicately constructed. When it is hung and diffused with light, it creates an evocative shadow of a magpie, bringing the bird to life in the room. This is skillfully devised and when hung, a fluidly mobile sculpture.
SECTION 5: Drawing – All Media
Ngoanga – Place of Figs Petrie
by Robyn Bauer
This charcoal drawing achieves excellent tonal difference and has an overall compositional balance. The fig trees are gracefully drawn, with depth and strength.
SECTION 6: 2D Artworks – Any Other Media
“Flavigny 3, Ed1/6”
by Katia Strounina
This wood engraving achieves a wonderful chiaroscuro in its depiction of the town gates of Flavigny. The work exhibits excellent technical artistry, and the lines which create the texture of buildings, foreground and sky are beautifully rendered. There is much movement and light in the sky to balance the darker foreground and buildings. The scene appears ancient but timeless, with great depth.
Blue and Yellow
by Alan Fletcher
Watercolour, Acrylic and Pen
This work exhibits excellent skill in composition, and very effective use of the different media used. The delicate nest of lines in the middle are texturally and sensitively rendered, and the blue bar at the top provides requisite balance. Each of the three elements contrasts with the others in shape, media and texture, but successfully integrates into a very balanced and intriguing whole.
Going About Living
by Wayne Singleton
Hand Coloured Linocut Print
This linocut print displays immense skill in the detail of the scene and in the delicate hand colouring of the birds. The eye of the viewer is drawn again and again to explore the intricacies of the scene. The work encourages full immersion into the forest that is depicted and the living elements within it.
The principal theme of Helen’s work is the natural world – which she depicts ever more particularly, by celebrating her gratitude for her lived experience of its splendour and vibrancy, and the life affirming wonder that can be found in it. The palette and approach that Helen brings, in her heart felt desire to convey and share this, are resultant in ever more emotive and detailed depictions of the variety of subjects she is drawn to including flowers, gardens, seascapes, still life, birds, tropical fish and their environmental reflections and portraits. Helen very much loses herself in the process of painting, is soothed and simultaneously filled up, amongst nature, whether it be of Australian subjects or others from around the world through which she has travelled and found equal love for. Her works are colourful and positive, evocative and unique.
For Helen, her artistic expression, was developed as a child through a shared passion for art and creativity within her family. Several siblings being artists in their own right. Her style now continues to deepen and evolve, as, having also overcome a major illness several years ago, Helen returned to painting as a source of comfort, purpose and healing. She discovered, and continues to immerse herself in a new even keener appreciation of the beauty in small things and nature, and this appreciation remains the essence of her work. “I, as a child, would often go exploring in the countryside and loved coming across streams and forest areas that appeared undiscovered. I aim to create these secret, beautiful worlds and moments that exist but which are often missed to our eye. I want the viewer to feel the joy, and excitement of seeing a beautiful world as if they are the only one’s seeing it for the first time. I enjoy composing a painting to bring these special moments and worlds to the viewer’s attention”.
Helen works in oils, acrylics, pastels and pencil. She has been painting all her life but has only just begun to share her work online in 2019 and since then has had success selling her originals and reproductions both locally and internationally. In addition, Helen has won several Honourable Mentions Awards, which have placed her in the top 15 artists for several of her paintings including; “Blue Reflections” which was awarded an Honourable Mention for the 2nd Annual Primary Colours Competition for the Light, Space and Time Online gallery in 2020. It was placed in the top 15 artists from 772 entries received from 34 countries, “Noosa Pandanus” received an Honourable Mention and was placed in the top 15 artists for the Mixed Media category of the Light, Space and Time 10th Annual Seascapes Art Exhibition and “Eve”, received a Special Merit Award having been chosen from 1000 entries in the Light, Space and Time Online Gallery 10th Annual Open Competition.
My focus is on portraiture, life drawing and the Australian landscape. I am fascinated by the dilemma of portraying people; of how to capture an aspect of each person’s unique image and tell something of their story in a way that they are comfortable with, but retains integrity.
I enjoy the challenge of life drawing; of trying to portray the person in front of me in a limited amount of time and the moment when you feel that your eye and hand are working in unison.
Currently I am trying to combine figurative work with landscape, and in particular, the Australian bush. I am always inspired by places that I visit and the people I meet and I try and recreate these experiences in my work. I am interested in exploring environmental and social justice issues in my art practice.
I am drawn by the visual, tactile, compulsive nature of making art. I work with charcoal, ink, watercolour, pastels, acrylic and gouache on paper and oil paint on canvas. I like working with clay and I would like to experiment more with sculpture and mixed media.
My name is Lauren Hughes, I am a Brisbane mother of two with a passion for colour, creativity, and simply love creating art that makes people smile!
I’m a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist who has been experimenting with different art mediums since I was three years old. My artistic style ranges from intricate hand-drawn ink drawings to bold and colourful digital paintings. Each piece, from start to finish, entails an epic journey of adventure and intrigue and it’s this feeling that I hope to share with the owner of each piece.
With a range of originals, limited edition prints and commissions now shared across the world, I will continue to develop my artistic skills and create new and exciting pieces in the future.
Outside of my artistic life, I am a social worker and I am currently studying to follow my dreams of becoming an art therapist. This pathway will allow me to work in creative ways to provide a healing space for children.
The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate all the winners in the Abstraction 2022 Exhibition.
Thanks also to our Judge Joe Furlonger, and Fellows Selector Frances McKennariey. Please scroll down to view the winning artworks and judges comments.
by Johnny Huang
“Gesture attempting to explain an infinite by really letting fly.”
by Joanne heath
The colours “bounce: and therefore lively, circle could hang without the coloured square.
by Karen Knight
Strong drawing with good contrast.
Doorway to Sunlight
by Lee Tainui
A good direction would work on bigger scale, the black is dramatic.
by Helia Smith
Like the (technique of) drawing with paint.
Beauty; More Than The Immediately Obvious
by Dr Kay Kane
The pencil and wash is a beautiful & subtle medium.
Open to eligible RQAS Members. Selected by Frances McKennariey FRQAS
by Joanne heath
The work shows a deep sense of visual engagement. The dialogue between artist and work – equalibrium sought. A sense of time has evolved out of the optical play of layers by the use of direct & indirect painting.
Sue Smith is a Rockhampton-based artist who has been exhibiting since 2011. Her acrylic paintings slip between the real and the imagined, and sometimes have art historical references. She has been a finalist in various
national art competitions and won a Highly Commended award in the Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art 2019. Her work is held in private collections and the public collections of CQUniversity, the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Townsville) and QANTAS Founders Museum, Longreach.
The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate all the winners in the Brisbane: Landmarks, Landscapes and Personalities 2022 Exhibition.
Thanks also to our Judge Maureen Hansen, and Fellows Selector Dr Kay Kane. Please scroll down to view the winning artworks and judges comments.
“Two Bridges, View from the 28th Floor Riparian Plaza”
by Paul Drought
This work impressed me because of the style of the detail. It looks gestural and finely observed. I liked the peach side of the building. Ironically as soon as I saw it I recognised the view having painted it for the Tattersalls prize winning in 2007. The overall harmony of the work draws you in although I would have preferred more cerulean to the greens. The careful observation of the landscape wins the prize for me.
by Peter Hubbard
This picture is a little gem. I especially like the figures in the sea and the variety of greens that depict the shoreline. It draws in all the way back to the ranges in the back – well done.
The Drive Home
by Garry Dolan
This composition is a winner. I have also been here in Brisbane and thought it would make a fine picture. I like the way the XXXX brewery is quelled down especially the simplification of Eddy Fourex. The phosphorous nature of the traffic lights, dusk reflections create mood. I dig it!
by Sue Smith
I loved the skill and composition of this work. I just found the flat white background doesn’t allow me to sink in past the surface. It reminded me of Matisse and the complex patterns were excellent from a painterly perspective.
“From Rations, to Wages, to Treaty”
by Colin Bushell
Excellent image that captures the 3 colours of the First Nations Flag. Crisp image of his face – love the light circle in top right.
Lovers’ Walk…Low Tide
by Owen Hutchison
I really enjoy the mark making in this work. The rhythm of the trees and the beauty of the composition. Technical dexterity is impressive.
by Alice Tsou
Really loved this work – would like to see more variety of colour in the water. Beautiful subtlety in the sky of rainbows. Some exquisite painting but shows an over reliance on photography.
Open to eligible RQAS Members. Selected by Dr Kay Kane FRQAS
Overlooking the Bay
by Dr Ekaterina Strounina
I cannot pretend other than I loved this image immediately. The colours of the Poinciana blossoms – so Brisbane- literally dances across the upper third of the painting while the triangular structure of the trees branches lead your eye down to what is a typical QLD home. The eye naturally picks up the bright light to the left of the composition, taking your eye back up to the marvellous vibrant red of the Poinciana blossoms. This work is well structured and unified.
Robert John Burton trained as a painter at the Queensland College of Fine Arts from which he graduated with Honours in 1987 under Dr Pat Hoffie. This was built on previous involvement with several small art groups. After graduation, Burton moved to Townsville and established a career in ceramics and painting. His artwork is idiosyncratic resulting in an eclectic and fast-paced style which has been noted through many articles, collections, and past regular exhibitions. In 1999, he was presented with the TCC Visual Arts Award because of his extensive community involvement including various TCC projects as a sponsored artist, and participation in World Expo 88, the Australian Bicentennial Travelling Exhibition, and contribution to Out of the North Travelling Exhibition, (1989 to 1991) reaching 17 Regional Art Galleries in Eastern Australia including Tasmania, curated by the ANG. In 2011, he was a RADF Grant recipient to create art workshops for disadvantaged adults. Training as a secondary humanities teacher enabled him to move on from the northern flood event of 2019 which inundated his studio. After teaching, Burton returned to fulltime painting and uses his YouTube channel for advocacy on Autism Spectrum Disorder and uploads daily fast-painting demonstrations. Nature is his art school now and considers whether art is challenging or interesting. The beauty of nature is threatened and therefore an insistent reminder of our common universal being.