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.”