The Judges Comments -from Wendy Sharpe
It was an honour to be asked to judge the inaugural Queensland Figurative Art Prize. It was wonderful to see such a range of different approaches and ideas.
I would like to congratulate all the artists who entered and to pass on to those who were not hung this year – don’t be disheartened – try again next time.
I’m sure you will all agree that the work is of a very high standard. It was very difficult to choose!
I decided to include two equal highly commendeds and five equal commendeds, though there are many other paintings of merit.
Congratulations to you all and enjoy this exciting exhibition!
There are 5 commended – all equal
Number 79 – Ronita Edwards – Liam
A powerful and moving painting.
Number 12 – Pat Hoffie – Porter #4
A quirky evocative image
Number 101 – Graham Hook -The Man in the Street
A dreamy atmospheric painting
Number 22 – Carolyn Morgan -Freckled and Scarred, My Head Still in the Clouds
A delightful poetic image
Number 36 – Steve Tyerman – In My Beginning Is My End
A bold lively painting
There are 2 of them, equally highly commended.
In alphabetical order –
Number 5 – David Henderson -Self Portrait With Clare
A sensitive, delicate painting, beautifully composed.
Number 92 – David Wells -Manu
Great technical use of watercolour. Dramatic image.
The Winner is –
Number 70 – Untitled I – Adolphe Piche
A fresh airy painting, lovely feeling of sunlight, evocative use of colour and brush strokes. Interresting assymetrical composition.