People’s Choice Winner

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rachel Ellis with her award-winning work, Midday, side fence, Bathurst.

Rachel Ellis with her award-winning work, Midday, side fence, Bathurst.

The 2010 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award exhibition closed on Sunday 23 May 2010. The exhibition consisted of works by 55 finalists in a wide range of genre and styles. Over 800 people visited the exhibition this year. Comments included – “Really enjoyed the landscapes and the quality was outstanding. Thankyou” (visitors from Sydney); “A great experience and privilege to see”; “Very Impressive” (visitor Tweed Valley), “Most enjoyable” to mention a few.

The Peoples Choice Award received over 240 votes distributed across both awards. The final count was made last week and the winner of the 2010 Peoples Choice Award worth $500 and donated by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Friends, was Bathurst based artist Rachel Ellis for her work Midday, side fence Bathurst 2009 Charcoal wash on paper. Rachel was also winner of the 2010 Central West Regional Artists Award worth $2,000.

Strike a Pose…with Lee Lin Chin

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lee Lin Chin

Lee Lin Chin

Trends of the 1960s and 1970s have taken centre stage in the latest National Archives of Australia touring exhibition which celebrates Australian fashion photography.

Strike a Pose…with Lee Lin Chin explores the world of Australian style up to 40 years ago, when trendsetters created a fashion revolution with a mix of mini skirts, space-aged garments and granny dresses.

With fashion icon and SBS World News presenter Lee Lin Chin as guest curator, the exhibition celebrates the emerging local fashion industry of the time, along with its personalities, trends and influences.

Posed fashion shots sit alongside the exuberance of street culture, capturing the essence of a period when cultural change ruled.

“These pictures are not about art,” writes Lee Lin Chin in an introduction to the exhibition. “They are not even just about fashion because, from today’s perspective, they’ve recorded a transcendent historical moment when nothing was going to be quite the same again.”

The exhibition features 89 photographs taken by Australian Government photographers during the 1960s and 1970s to promote the burgeoning Australian fashion industry and the Australian lifestyle overseas.

Official Opening Friday 28 May 2010 at 6.30pm by Anne Lyons Assistant Director General, Access and Communication, National Archives of Australia.

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.”