2012 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award Winners Announced

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top: G.W. Bot Glyphs: Tree of Life 2012, watercolour and graphite on colombe paper 100cm x 100cm  Bottom: Genevieve Carroll The Wattle Room: Portent of the Enlarged Thought 2011, oil on canvas 120cm x 130cm

Top: G.W. Bot Glyphs: Tree of Life 2012, watercolour and graphite on colombe paper 100cm x 100cm
Bottom: Genevieve Carroll: The Wattle Room: Portent of the Enlarged Thought 2011, oil on canvas 120cm x 130cm

The award winners of the 2012 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award were announced at the awards exhibition opening on Saturday 21 April at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Over 120 people attended the opening including many of the finalists. Cr Bill West, Mayor Cowra Shire Council opened the exhibition. The announcement of the award winners was by the 2012 awards judge Jason Smith, Director/CEO Heide Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen, Victoria).

This year the Gallery received 228 entries from across Australia and 60 artworks were selected as finalists.

The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 through a gift by Mrs. Patricia Fagan OAM. Now in its 35th year the Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive award worth $16,000 through the generous support of the Calleen Trust. The Central West Regional Art Award is non acquisitive and worth $2,000. The Friends of the Gallery have also donated $500 for the People’s Choice Award which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

“The high calibre of works by the finalists in the 2012 Calleen Art Award was striking and made the selection of one recipient for the major award particularly challenging. What I looked for was a work that kept drawing me back as a viewer. I always look for particular formal qualities of pictorial composition, balance, material sophistication and excellent technical execution. These qualities help convey the artist’s concept. Pictures, for me, must be well made in order to attract and keep the attention of my eye. Of course, subject matter and content are enormously important, and in the 2012 Award there is a spectacularly wide-range of subjects.” said Jason Smith.

The winner of the 2012 Calleen Art Award is Canberra based artist G.W. Bot for her artwork Glyphs: Tree of Life 2012, watercolour and graphite on colombe paper.

Jason Smith – Judges Comments
“I selected GW Bot for the Calleen Art Award because I found her work to be deeply enigmatic. It appeared simultaneously as a moonlit nocturnal landscape with phenomena, and as a dynamic field of abstract gestures. Her work is quietly but intensely alluring. It is beautifully crafted as an object, but its materiality emphasizes the textures of landscape.” Jason Smith

G.W. Bot – Artist Statement
“Over the past few years I have thought of the landscape as a language that I have called ‘glyphs’. Glyphs constitute a language suggested by the markings found in the Australian landscape. All of my work is intimately interrelated thematically and essentially deals with questions of environments – personal and public – and an individual’s path through these environments as an allegory for a person’s passage through life”. G.W.Bot

The winner of the 2012 Central West Regional Art Award is Hill End based artist Genevieve Carroll for her artwork The Wattle Room: Portent of the Enlarged Thought 2011, oil on canvas.

Jason Smith – Judges Comments
“I selected Genevieve’s work for the Central West Regional Art Award as it is a lively painting that celebrates the very act of painting and the manifestation in paint of thought. It has an experimental sense in terms of its painterly surface and mark-making, its definitions of solid and amorphous spaces, and its great use of colour. I found it an affirming painting.” Jason Smith

Genevieve Carroll – Artist Statement
“The still life arrangements in this painting bring together chaotic figurative and abstract compositions where objects are consumed and heightened by the use of unbounded colour. Inspired by literature, my garden and kitchen at Hill End, this is an ongoing autobiographical body of work, The Wattle Room, is concerned with understanding the psychological and seasonal landscape of where I live.”

Calleen Art Award – Highly Commended Award

  • Alison Chiam White Flower in a Jam Jar 2012, oil on canvas (Vincentia, NSW)
  • Matthew Quick Pure Tenacity 2012, oil on Italian linen (Collingwood, VIC)
  • Naomi White The Natural Land 2012, oil on canvas (Hometown, QLD)

Central West Regional Art Award – Highly Commended Award

  • Rowan Matthews Close Up Cudgegong River 2012 oil on canvas (Mudgee, NSW)
  • Anne Stanley Fragment 2011, mixed media (Cowra, NSW)

2011 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award Winners Announced

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Image: Peter Gardiner Landscape 2010 No. VIII 2010, Oil on canvas 210 x 180cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Image: Peter Gardiner Landscape 2010 No. VIII 2010, Oil on canvas 210 x 180cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Winners Announced

The winners of the 2011 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award were announced at the awards exhibition opening on Friday 15 April at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Over 150 people attended the opening including many of the finalists, some from interstate and as far away as West Australia. Cr Bill West, Mayor Cowra Shire Council opened the exhibition. The announcement of the award winners was by the 2011 awards judge Deborah Ely, CEO of the Bundanon Trust.

The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 through a gift by Mrs. Patricia Fagan OAM. During the past 34 years, the award has developed into a major art prize for painting and now worth $15,000 through the generous support of the Calleen Trust. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive award and the winning work will become part of the Calleen Art Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The Central West Regional Artists Award is a non acquisitive award for painting and drawing. The award was established in 2009 by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery with prize money of $2,000 donated by David Henley, Cowra based artist and patron of the Gallery. The award is open to artists living in the Central West Region of NSW as defined by the local government areas of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mudgee/Gulgong (Mid Western Region), Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Weddin and Wellington. The winner of the 2011 award is also offered an exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery during 2012/2013

This year 71 artworks were selected from 214 artworks submitted.

The Friends of the Gallery Committee have also generously donated $500 for the People’s Choice Award which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

The winner of the 2011 Calleen Art Award is Newcastle based artist Peter Gardiner for his painting Landscape 2010 No.VIII 2010, oil on canvas 210 x 180 cm.

Judges Comments

Peter Gardiner’s Landscape 2010 Number VIII dips its hat to the Spanish masters Valezquez and Goya and to the traditions of landscape painting, but takes them to another place. The viewer becomes involved in a dark narrative that hints at an evolving, indecipherable, drama. It is both frightening and contemplative. There is a strong sense of the present in its possible references to catastrophic weather and natural disasters. It is a sensational painting and will be a wonderful acquisition for the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Collection.

The winner of the 2011 Central West Regional Artists Award is Stuart Town based artist Tim Winters for his painting The Pinnacles Desert 2010, mixed media on canvas 150 x 150 cm.

Judges Comments

Tim Winter’s stylish and confident painting celebrates the desert landscape, incorporating rich reds, ochres and pinks – edged with references to plant life with vibrant flashes of green.

Highly Commended – Calleen Art Award

  • Stephen Caldis (Gymea NSW), Pond of Tears 2011, oil on board 86 x 61cm
  • Peta Dzubiel (Elanora Heights NSW), July 2011, oil on canvas 76 x 91.5cm
  • Ross Laurie (Walcha NSW), Midground –Campfire Road 2010, oil on canvas 106.5 x 122cm.

Highly Commended – Central West Regional Artists Award

  • Rachel Ellis (Bathurst NSW), Orange House, George Street, Bathurst 2011, oil on linen 91.5 x 83.5cm.

The Exhibition continues to 29 May 2011

2010 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award

Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Calleen Art Award Winner - Claire Martin – Park View 2009 Acrylic on linen 122 x 152 cm (image courtesy the artist)

2010 Calleen Art Award Winner – Claire Martin – Park View 2009 Acrylic on linen 122 x 152 cm (image courtesy the artist)

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is delighted to announce the winners of the 2010 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award.

The Calleen Art Award, first presented in 1977 through a gift by Patricia Fagan OAM, is an acquisitive award with the winning work entering the Calleen Collection which is held at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Through the generous support of the Calleen Trust and trustees Peter and Jenni Fagan the 2010 Calleen Art Award is worth $12,000.

This year the Awards judge Professor Amanda Lawson, Dean of Creative Arts at Wollongong University selected Park View a painting by Claire Martin from Newcastle NSW as the winner of the Calleen Art Award. The work is of a local beach-side park (from Point Lonsdale, coastal headland in Victoria) a margin between urban life and the wilderness of the open ocean. A path rises along the cliff edge, bright exposed, past the car park it ends at the lighthouse and the wide expanse facing south.

Judges comments:

“The work engages the viewer in how we experience and imagine landscape. It demonstrates excellent painterly qualities in the depiction of light and shade which have been achieved with an economy of style as well as a sense of beauty.”

The winner of the Central West Regional Artists Award (non acquisitive worth $2,000) selected by Professor Lawson was Midday, Side Fence, Bathurst a drawing in charcoal and wash by Rachel Ellis from Bathurst NSW. In her artist statement Rachael comments ‘My side fence is a subject I return to – I love the way at different times of day, and in different seasons, the light interacts with and transforms an otherwise ordinary part of the garden. In this drawing I was responding to the burgeoning spring growth and celebration of light.’

Judges comments:

“This is an atmospheric drawing on a grand scale. It explores looking at objects in an outdoor and natural environment through diffused light.”

Calleen Art Award

Highly Commended:

  • Michael Bell – Tableau (objects from my parent’s mantelpiece) 2010 Oil on canvas 130 x 168 cm
  • Kate Briscoe – Limestone rockface – Strata #2 2009 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
  • James Guppy – The Tea Cup Fairy 2009 Acrylic on linen 30 x 76 cm
  • Gloria Stern – The Reader 2009 Oil on Canvas 70 x 87 cm

Central West Regional Artist Award

Highly Commended:

  • Tim Winters – red oxide water tracks fence lines 2009 Gouache and pastel on paper 93 x 122 cm
  • Carol Endean Little – Tone Poem (Drowned City 1) 2008 Charcoal on cotton paper 76 x 96 cm

The Friends of the Gallery Committee have also generously donated $500 for the People’s Choice Award which will be announced at the end of the exhibition. The exhibition of works by the 55 finalists will continue at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street to Sunday 23 May 2010.

2009 CALLEEN ART AWARD AND CENTRAL WEST REGIONAL ARTISTS AWARD

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The winner of the 2009 Calleen Art Award worth $10,000 went to Rowen Matthews from Blackheath for his work Rain Break (2009) oil on canvas.

The winner of the 2009 Calleen Art Award worth $10,000 went to Rowen Matthews from Blackheath for his work Rain Break (2009) oil on canvas.

The winners of the 2009 Calleen Art Award and inaugural Central West Regional Artists Award where announced at the awards exhibition opening on Friday 20 March at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The exhibition was opened by Cr Bill West Mayor of Cowra Shire Council and the announcement of the awards was made by the Awards Judge Peter Haynes Director, ACT Museums and Galleries to a packed Gallery of visitors and finalists.

The winner of the 2009 Calleen Art Award worth $10,000 went to Rowen Matthews from Blackheath for his work Rain Break (2009) oil on canvas. This is an acquisitive award and the work will join the Calleen Collection which is housed at the Gallery. The judge also gave a Commended award to Canberra based artist Stephanie Haygarth for her work Too late in the day (2009), acrylic on watercolour paper, and a Commended award to Illawarra based artist Greer Taylor for her work Echo (2009), acrylic and oxides on board.

The Central West Regional Artists Award (non acquisitive) worth $2,000 went to Oberon based artist Joanna Logue for her work Conifers – Essington (2009) oil on canvas. The Judge also gave Highly Commended awards to Cowra based artist Greg Daly for his work Glaze-on-glaze platter with gold and silver (2008) thrown stoneware; Woodstock based artist Peter Larsen for his work The Junction – where the Belubula River joins the Lachlan on its way westwards (2009) watercolour; and Morpeth based artist Aida Pottinger for her work Leaving Lancashire (2009) oil on canvas.

As winner of the Central West Regional Artists Award Joanna Logue will also have an exhibition at the Gallery in 2010.

The winner of the Peoples Choice Award will be decided at the end of the exhibition.

Artist catalogue statement: In December 2008 I was fortunate to have a residency at the Kings Bridge Cottage on the Cataract River, just outside Launceston, Tasmania. I enjoyed the dramatic weather and dark drama of the place, painting the strong deep V shapes of the rocky gorge and the rough upright cliffs that seem to squeeze a triangular piece of sky. In the evening, the strong shadows in the gorge allowed me to make the hard tonal work in this painting, Rain Break.

Judges Comments

  • This work has immediate impact
  • Powerful use of paint to create textures of wild nature/nature untamed
  • Bold, gestural brushstrokes capture energy & vitality of scene depicted
  • Excellent use of impasto
  • Simple yet striking contrasts (e.g. central band of the waterfall and the “triangular” masses of the rock formations to either side)
  • Tightly structured composition
  • Astute use of spatial planes and interactions to underscore the resolution of the pictorial structure

Winner – 2009 Central West Regional Artists Award: Joanna Logue – Conifers – Essington (2009) Oil on canvas

Artist catalogue statement: ‘Conifers – Essington’ was inspired by the landscape surrounding my studio in Oberon. Whilst making the work I was interested in the tension created by the juxtaposition of shapes against the wider field and the placement of these forms within the picture plain. By doing away with extraneous detail my hope is that a kind of distillation might take place where the essence of this landscape hums softly through.’

Judges Comments

  • Mysterious, enigmatic picture
  • Traces of memories
  • Beautifully nuanced combinations of colours, shapes and lines
  • Clever contrasts and simultaneous elisions of the organic and the abstract (puffs of white, swathes of green)
  • Layered forms and brushstrokes highly evocative of the movement of light through trees
  • Quiet and dignified structural rhythms give lyrical almost musical quality

“The awards not only add to the accomplishments of the Gallery but also aim to support contemporary art practices and encourage originality, creativity and excellence in the different spheres of the awards categories. Also, through the Calleen Art Award the Cowra Regional Art Gallery continues to build a collection of enduring significance and regional achievement.” Gallery Director – Brian Langer

Exhibition Dates: 21 March to 19 April 2009

2008 CALLEEN ART AWARD

Monday, April 28, 2008

wendy teakel back paddock

Image: Back Paddock by Wendy Teakel

Judge: Deborah Hart

Dr Deborah Hart is the Senior Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture (after 1920) at the National Gallery of Australia. Over the past twenty-five years she worked for State and Regional Galleries and as a freelance curator prior to moving to Canberra. She is a widely published art historian and has written several monographs on Australian artists. Deborah has curated many exhibitions including the John Olsen Retrospective for the National Gallery of Victoria and Identities: Art from Australia for the University of Wollongong, a large exhibition of contemporary Australian art that travelled to the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan. At the National Gallery she has curated: Joy Hester and friends; Tales of the unexpected; Home sweet home: works from the Peter Fay collection; Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective; Imants Tillers: one world many visions; Colin McCahon: a focus exhibition (co-curated with Roger Butler) and Andy and Oz: parallel visions on show at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA, until the end of 2007.

Judges comments
“The exhibition you see around you shows what a diverse range of art the Calleen Acquisition Award attracts. There are strong, expressive works, tightly controlled more representation works and a mix across abstraction and figuration in all media”

2008 Calleen Acquisition Award
Sponsored by The Calleen Trust

123. Wendy Teakel
Back paddock
acrylic and pokerwork on plywood
Murrumbateman NSW

“Wendy brings a highly distinctive response to the natural environment that is both subtle and powerful. She achieves this in part through the combination of techniques in her work. Her lively, layered, glowing painted surface evokes furrowed paddocks. It is can be seen as an abstracted space, a lived in space or a space seen from above. This is set against the boldness and incisive gestures of the pokerwork. Teakel captures a feeling of golden light on dry grasses, of barbed wire fences and burned charred surfaces. She has also brought considerable vitality to her interpretation of the landscape in the sweeping movement across the space.”

32. Lorna Crane
Full moon and still life
mixed media on board
South Pambula NSW

“As Lorna’s evocative title suggests this work is lyrical and poetic. It suggests interior and exterior spaces in the way that she incorporates domestic, still life elements and reflects the impact of nature in the circles that stand for the moon. Lorna’s work is also about the artist’s own inner and outer worlds and her sheer enjoyment of the physicality of creating the work. The artist’s technical application is highly inventive. On the one hand it is a very painterly surface. It also has a wide range of collaged elements including fabric, paper patterns, metal and paint. It is really worth spending time with the work discovering its richness of its conception and suggestive qualities.”

I commend both winners most warmly.

Local Artist Award
Sponsored by The Cowra Art Group

65 David Isbester
Watsim sunset – Dick Bibimauri
oil on canvas
Canowindra NSW

Merit Awards
Sponsored by Brisbane Street Medical Practice, Centre Point Pharmacy, Cowra Art Group, Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society, Rosslyn Finn, Friends of the Cowra Art Gallery, Ruth and David Fagan, David Henley, Kalari Wines, Diane and Kendall McMaster, Mulyan Wines ,River Park Wines, Webster Optometrists, Drs Jude and Andrew Watt and Harvey Wright

11 Yvonne Boag
Black house
acrylic on canvas
Erskineville NSW

“Yvonne has an amazing sense of colour and form and her confidence in her chosen medium stands out in this work in the exhibition.”

36 Greg Daly
Tripod vase with gold and silver leaf
ceramic
Cowra NSW

“The strength of this work is immediately obviousness in the boldness of the form, the richness of the glazes – the depth of blue and the shimmer of gold.”

51 Gary Foye
Capertee Elegy#8 – I was witness to the end, as the
Adit was sealed and the enigmatic tears of the mountain
ceased to flow. All is quiet
ink, charcoal and conte
Denistone East NSW

“Gary’s title suggests a depth of feeling and experience. His diptych is quite extraordinary in its surface textures and the ways in which hovers between darkness and light.”