Winners – Biennial 2020

Winners – Biennial 2020

Announcing the Prize Winners for the RQAS Biennial Exhibitions 2020 – Queensland Figurative and Young Artist Award.

Congratulations to all artists who entered these Exhibitions and a very special mention to those who were awarded prizes and commendations! Judged by Andrew Bonneau the standard was incredibly high across all sections of the Biennial.

See the full exhibition in the Petrie Terrace Gallery until 4th October.

To view the full Queensland Figurative Exhibition online click here

To view the full Young Artist Award Exhibition online click here


First Prize

Punktverschiebung (Point Shift) by Ryan Daffurn

Oil and Wax on Linen $5000  120x84cm

JUDGES COMMENTS: A clear and sophisticated understanding of form. An evocative atmosphere with multiple light sources. A very clearly defined rational yet somewhat irrational space. A narrative that keeps you engaged – the logic of a dream. 

Second Prize

Sunshine Lady by Purple Change


$600  40x58cm

JUDGES COMMENTS: Great sense of colour balance, engagement with the model and huge variety of watercolour  brushwork. 

Third Prize

Yaron in the Studio by David Fenoglio

Oil on Linen, Mounted on Panel

$5000   90cm

JUDGES COMMENTS:  Great sense of atmosphere and active brushwork. 

Highly Commended

Missy & Stan by Steve Gorman

Oil on Canvas

$1200   45x60cm

JUDGES COMMENTS: Excellent use of horizontal and diagonal in the composition. There is a beautiful sense of connection too. 


Admiration by Rachelle Kavanagh

Oil on Canvas 

$3000  122x94cm

JUDGES COMMENTS: Fascinating contrast between the space in the room and the paintings on the wall. 


Dreaming by Philip Davis

Acrylic  $2500  


JUDGES COMMENTS: Excellent foreshortening. Sense of form suggested with line.  Colour used in a more emotional way. 


Section 1: 18-30yrs

First Prize

The Myth of Cad Goddeau by Brittany Blackie

Pen & Watercolour 

30x42cm    **SOLD**

JUDGES COMMENTS: Masterful use of hatching, fascinating organic forms and an almost hidden narrative. 

Second Prize

Tuesday Evening (faasina) by Peter Stevens

Oil  $475


JUDGES COMMENTS: Mysterious sense of narrative and atmosphere. 

Highly Commended

Old Mill Road #1 by Penelope Dryden

Acrylic  $150

61x92cm **SOLD**

JUDGES COMMENTS: Great attention paid to reflected light and varieties of surface. 


No. 2 To Uncreate by Zosia Zoltkowski

Acrylic  on Canvas $1310 

118x80cm **SOLD**

JUDGES COMMENTS: Subtle use of translucency and gesture. Evocative and intelligent use of red. 

Section 2: 17yrs & Under

First Prize

The Waiting by Chloe Liu

Acrylic  $450


JUDGES COMMENTS: Terrific integration of the figure and landscape. Great use of a variety of blues and evocation of different textures. 

Highly Commended

Emotions by Lilah McMahon

Pencil  NFS   42cm

JUDGES COMMENTS: A great observation of the particular forms of the hands. 


Contemplation by Katura Halleday

Pastel  $1000


JUDGES COMMENTS: Very subtle use of modelling on the face. 

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