2016 Calleen Art Award

Friday, May 6, 2016

This year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery received 272 entries into the 2016 Calleen Art Award from across Australia and 47 works were selected by a panel of art professionals as finalists.

The official exhibition opening and announcement of the 2016 Calleen Art Award winner took place on Saturday 30 April 2016, attracting over 100 visitors, including many of the finalists. Cr Bill West, Mayor of Cowra Shire Council, welcomed guests and opened the exhibition and the announcement of the winner by the Award Judge John Cheeseman, Manager Cultural Services and Gallery Director, Mosman Art Gallery.

2016 Calleen Art Award Winner

Tania and

Tania Mason and her winning work Irregular Plasma

The winner of the 2016 acquisitive Calleen Art Award is Tania Mason from Sydney, for her work Irregular Plasma, 2016, gouache and acrylic on canvas, 102 x 84cm. Irregular Plasma explores concepts linked to the neurological patterns within the human brain and natures complex geometric shapes such as vines, plants, trees and leaves. Tania received $19,000 in prize money from the Calleen Trust and her winning painting joins the Calleen Art Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Judge’s comments

Tania Mason Irregular Plasma: “In the first passing of works I did not think this was in the running. But then I looked at all works in detail and the more I looked the more I was drawn to this work. This is a painting exploring the mind and pioneering new ways of expressing neural connections – organic complex geometric shapes and connections, neurological patterns and pathway formations. What I especially admired was that this was a beautiful work and, on balance, a positive and optimistic painting with a sense of wonder. The artist herself was driven to explore the neural condition of her son who has faced behavioural challenges – a very personal work and a brave work to share.” – John Cheeseman

Highly Commended awards

The Awards Judge announced two Highly Commended awards to: Ivan Goodacre for The Dam, 2016, oil on canvas, 152 x 198cm and Hal Pratt, for Hidden Gorge NT, 2015, watercolour, 36 x 36cm.

Hal Pratt, for Hidden Gorge NT

Hal Pratt, Hidden Gorge NT.

Judge’s comments

Hal Pratt: Hidden Gorge NT. “This work of great beauty shines like a beacon within the gallery. It re-addresses our collective memory of Namatjira works and the images of places that have been embedded into our minds – this is a reimagining of this mythic Australian landscape. A striking work skilfully composed in watercolour”. – John Cheeseman

Ivan Goodacre: The Dam. “A very impressive work, almost abstract in form, with an upside-down perspective that disorients, challenges and excites the viewer. An evocation of the landscape and place, it is also an added bonus that the subject matter of the work, Wyangala Dam, is so relevant and connected to the Cowra district and community”. – John Cheeseman

Commended awards

The Awards Judge also announced two Commended awards to: Peter Lankas, for Helen Street, 2015, oil, pigment, calcium carbonate, eggwhite, oil emulsion on board, 30 x 40cm and Rachel Milne, for Potters Studio, 2015, oil on board, 81 x 122cm.

Judge’s comments

Peter Lankas: Helen Street. “This work was executed from memory and takes us on a contemporary odyssey through the suburbs. This is a painter with a strong love of the medium, to the point he makes his own paint, and I enjoyed the strong and direct application and brushstrokes. The work is a contemporary take on landscape, combining the darkness of Drysdale with a touch of Quilty, all done in miniature form”. – John Cheeseman.

 

 

2016 Calleen Art Award winner, Tania Mason receiving her prize money from Trustees Jeni and Peter Fagan. Awards judge John Cheeseman (far left) and the artists son Arthur bottom right.

2016 Calleen Art Award winner, Tania Mason receiving her prize money from Trustees Jeni and Peter Fagan. Awards judge John Cheeseman (far left) and the artists son Arthur bottom right.

2015 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Yvonne Boag and her winning work.

Yvonne Boag and her winning work, Pathway, Namson Park.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award.

  • 2015 Winner Calleen Art Award: Yvonne Boag, Pathway, Namson Park, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 162cm.
  • Highly Commended Calleen Art Award: Anita West, Sandlewood Country, 2015, acrylic on linen, 100 x 200cm. Craig Handley, Kimbrik, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 x 100cm.
  • 2015 Winner Central West Regional Art Award: Nic Mason, Caitlin, 2015, oil on canvas, 100 x 75cm.

Please see the full media release, announcing the award winners.

2014 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award

Monday, May 19, 2014

Image (from top): Mermaid Beach (detail), Richard Green Fiery Sky (detail), Richard Green

Naomi White with her winning painting, End of Day; Mayor Bill West address the audience; Deputy Mayor Judi Smith and David Henley (Regional Awards patron); Awards reception Cowra Civic Centre; Jenni Fagan Patron, Calleen Art Award speaking at the Opening (Naomi Whiteand, Calleen Winner, and Awards Judge Michael Rolfe in the background); Lyn Winters, Helen Vallance (finalist), Peter Lowe, Carolynne Briggs and Tim Winters (finalist) at the exhibition preview; harpist Kim Deacon in the Gallery.

4 May – 15 June 2014

The opening night and announcement of the 2014 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award winners  took place on Saturday 3 May.

The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM as an acquisitive art prize to form the Calleen Art Collection now the cornerstone of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection. The Calleen Art Award has developed into a major national art prize for painting (in any subject) and this year the winner received $18,000 in prize money through the generous support of the Calleen Trust.

The Central West Regional Art Award was established in 2009 and aims to benefit and provide professional development opportunities for artists based in the Central West region of NSW. The   Award is non-acquisitive in the categories of painting and drawing (in any subject) with prize money of $2,000 through the generous support of a generous benefactor.

Over 100 people gathered for the special reception in the Cowra Civic Centre including the opening address by Cowra Mayor Cr Bill West and the announcement of the winning works and awards presentation by the 2014 Awards Judge Michael Rolfe CEO Museums and Galleries of NSW. This was followed by the exhibition preview of the 58 finalists’ works at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

During the evening guests were treated to the delightful flute music of ‘Tout Suites’ as they entered the Civic Centre Foyer, and wonderful sounds by Harpist Kim Deacon at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The winner of the 2014 Calleen Art Award was Naomi White from Bardon (a suburb of Brisbane) Queensland for her work End of Day (2014) oil on canvas 112 x 183cm.

Judge’s comments

“In her work End of Day Naomi White uses sharp and intuitive brush strokes and discreet tonal gestures, abstracted in parts, to achieve a sharp and focused work. It’s not landscape from around here (Cowra), but it is an appropriate work for a collection that aspires to represent in some sense the vistas only artists see and to bring them before our eyes.” – Michael Rolfe.

Highly Commended Awards (Calleen Art Award) went to Alison Chiam from Vincenna NSW for her work Snowy Plains, Monaro NSW (2014) oil on canvas 72 X 120cm; Stephen Pleban from Ballart Victoria for his work Intertwine 2 (2014) oil and wax on canvas 152 x 162cm; Georgina Pollard from Kandos NSW for her work mis-tint II (2014) acrylic house paint on fabric 128 x 255cm; and Matthew Quick from Collingwood Victoria for his work Coronation (2014) oil on linen 120 x 100cm.

The winner of the 2014 Central West Regional Art Award was Genevieve Carroll from Hill End NSW for her work Over the Table Blue Dandelions (2014) oil on board 150 x 180cm.

Judges comments

“I gave the Central West Regional Art Award to a work that displays for me a real enthusiasm for painting. With a practice described as a circumnavigation of her life, Genevieve Carroll has produced a lively work – Over the Table Blue Dandelions – energetically transcribed and mediated through the experience of all things important to her. For me it wasn’t circumnavigating anything. Rather the artist appears to jump right in – It is a well constructed narrative and an artwork not bogged in paint but rather imbued with light and life.” – Michael Rolfe.

Highly commended awards went to Anne Stanley from Cowra for her work To the Edge, 2013 acrylic and mixed media on canvas 47.5 x 47.5cm and Blackheath based artist Robert Malherbe for River 11, 2013 oil on linen 61 x 76.2 cm.

A special People’s Choice Award worth $500 will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

This year’s exhibition of finalists’ works (selected from 299 entries) is an exciting and enjoyable showcase of contemporary art from across Australia. It is a significant exhibition event in the arts calendar of Cowra and the district, and one of the regions important cultural experiences.

2014 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award announced

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Award winners 2014

Top: Winner Calleen Art Award. Naomi White, End of Day, oil on canvas 112 x 183cm.
Bottom: Winner Central West Regional Art Award. Genevieve Carroll, Over the Table Blue Dandelions, oil on board 150 x 180cm.

The winners of the 2014 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award were announced by the Awards Judge Michael Rolfe CEO Museums and Galleries of NSW at a gala opening event on Saturday, 3 May 2014.

The opening night commenced in Cowra Civic Centre with the announcement of the winners followed by preview of the exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (located across from the Centre). The finalist’s exhibition is comprised of 58 artworks selected from 299 entries received from across Australia.

2014 Winner Calleen Art Award

Naomi White from Bardon (a suburb of Brisbane) Queensland for her work End of Day (2014) oil on canvas 112 x 183cm.

Judge’s comments

“In her work End of Day Naomi White uses sharp and intuitive brush strokes and discreet tonal gestures, abstracted in parts, to achieve a sharp and focused work. It’s not landscape from around here (Cowra), but it is an appropriate work for a collection that aspires to represent in some sense the vistas only artists see and to bring them before our eyes.” – Michael Rolfe

2014 Winner Central West Regional Art Award

Genevieve Carroll from Hill End NSW for her work Over the Table Blue Dandelions (2014) oil on board 150 x 180cm.

Judges comments

“I gave the Central West Regional Art Award to a work that displays for me a real enthusiasm for painting. With a practice described as a circumnavigation of her life, Genevieve Carroll has produced a lively work – Over the Table Blue Dandelions – energetically transcribed and mediated through the experience of all things important to her. For me it wasn’t circumnavigating anything. Rather the artist appears to jump right in – It is a well constructed narrative and an artwork not bogged in paint but rather imbued with light and life.” – Michael Rolfe

2013 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award Winners Announced

Monday, May 13, 2013

calleen winners 2013

Top: Gladdy Kemarre Anwekety (Bush Plum), 2012 acrylic on linen 183 x 121 cm. Winner 2013 Calleen Art Award.
Middle: Jo Bertini Wongitta Wadi Gold (Simpson Desert), 2012 oil on canvas 130 x 130cm. Winner 2013 Central West Regional Art Award.
Bottom: Neil Taylor Moondancers II, 2012 acrylic on canvas 137 x 153cm. Winner 2013 People’s Choice Award.

Attracting 229 entries from across the country, the 2013 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award showcased the 72 finalists at a gala opening event on Saturday 4 May 2013. Over 110 people attended the reception, hosted in the Cowra Civic Centre, before heading over to a special preview of the exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Judge Anne Flanagan, Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales announced the winners, praising the Gallery for the excellent presentation of the works and the wonderful panorama of Australian art in the exhibition.

The winner of the 2014 Calleen Art Award is Gladdy Kemarre, from Utopia in the Northern Territory for her painting Anwekety (Bush Plum). This is an acquisitive award with $17,000 prize money for 2013. The winning piece joins the Calleen Art Collection at the Gallery, comprised of winning works from the Award’s 37 year history.

Highly Commended was awarded to Bathurst based artist Rachel Ellis for Orange Wall, Bathurst, and to Newcastle artist Lesley Tilley for Static electricity posing as a coral fern.

The 2014 Central West Regional Art Award was presented to Peelwood artist Jo Bertini for Wongitta Wadi Gold (Simpson Desert). This is a non-acquisitive award with $2,000 prize money for 2014. As a first time winner of the award Jo Bertini also has the opportunity of a solo exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Cowra artist Anne Stanley was awarded High Commended for her work To the Edge, as was Blackheath based artist Robert Malherbe for River II.

2013 Winner Calleen Art Award

Gladdy Kemarre, Anwekety (Bush Plum) 2012, acrylic on linen, 183 x 121cm

Judge’s comments

“This painting is dazzling. The work vibrates with a hundreds of luminous orange and red dots that seem to dance before your eyes. This shimmering surface composed of fine, brightly

coloured dots floats across a deep field and draws you in just as the landscape does. Gladdy has created a mesmerising work that speaks about her country and the seasonal colours of the bush plum that so dominate that landscape.”

2013 Winner Central West Regional Art Award

Jo Bertini, Wongitta Wadi Gold (Simpson Desert) 2012, oil on canvas, 130 x 130cm

 Judges comments

Jo’s large, square painting has a magic to it. The bright blue sky is like a ribbon that holds the animated brush strokes in place. The brush strokes move quickly across the canvas and are filled with all the warmth of the desert landscape – pink, ochre, yellow, red and a tantalizing orange that fills the foreground. The painting is carried out with confident speed and yet, as in the tradition of the oil sketch, has a keen descriptive quality.”