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.”

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