2019 Calleen Art Award

Monday, May 6, 2019

Wendy Sharpe Erksineville Train Station

Wendy Sharpe, Erskineville Train Station, 2018 oil on canvas, 145 x 182 cm. Winner Calleen Art Award 2019.

The exhibition opening of the Calleen Art Award 2019 acquisitive prize for painting took place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday night 4 May 2019. Over 130 people crowded into the Gallery for the announcement of the winner including many of the finalists. Guest speakers were Cowra Mayor, Cr Bill West, who opened the exhibition, Jenni Fagan representing the Calleen Trust and the 2019 Award Judge, Jane Watters, Director, S.H. Erving Gallery, Sydney.

This year the Gallery received 300 entries and 53 paintings (by 53 artists many from regional New South Wales) were selected as finalists.

The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2019 is Wendy Sharpe for her painting Erskineville Train Station, 2018, oil on canvas 145 x 182 cm. This work joins the Calleen Collection as the 2019 winner at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Artist Statement: “When I first moved to Erskineville in inner Sydney, it was a rundown rough area full of life. It was also one of the cheapest places to live. Although it has changed a lot, I am glad to say some of eccentric characters are still here, and a few more added.

I walk from Erskineville to my studio in nearby semi industrial St Peters everyday. This walk is often spent thinking about what I am working on. What I see around me often feeds into to what I am painting.”

Judges Comments: “The painting captures with great theatricality a dynamic inner city street scene through the lens of night. The narrative intent of the work leaves the viewer to contemplate and consider the possible outcome in almost a film noir manner. The painting includes a portrait of the artist as an observer of the scene unfolding in front of her. Curiously Sharpe does not consider herself a portrait painter despite being awarded the 1997 Archibald Prize. However she masterfully uses her subjects almost as characters in a play – the colour, shadows and spotlights – work in unison to create a compelling picture that I kept coming back to.”

During the evening guests were treated to the presentation of delightful music by an ensemble of young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney.

2018 Calleen Art Award

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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Sowing the Crops and Reading the Stars, 2018 enamel spray paint, liquitex paint marker – 152 x 122 cm

2018 Calleen Art Award – Opening Night and Announcement of the Winner

The opening and announcement of the winning work for the 2018 Calleen Art Award took place at Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday, 10 May 2018 with a large crowd in attendance, including many of the finalists. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive national painting prize established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM. During the last 41 years the Calleen Art Award, with the support of the Calleen Trust, has developed into a significant art prize worth $20,000 in 2018. The winning work will join the Calleen Collection at the Gallery.

The 2018 exhibition features a diverse range of works by 46 finalists, including mid-career and exciting young and emerging artists. The finalists were selected by a panel of art professionals from over 200 entries received from around Australia.

Guest speakers at the opening were Cr Ray Walsh, representing Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council and the Award Judge Dr Michael Hedger, Director, Manly Regional Art Gallery and Museum and Mrs Jenni Fagan, Calleen Trustee.

There is also a People’s Choice Award of $500, made possible by the Friends of the Gallery and will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

During the evening, guests were treated to the presentation of delightful music by young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The awards opening night is a memorable local event for visitors and an enjoyable visual arts experience.

Cairns-based artist Brian Robinson has taken out this year’s $20,000 Calleen Art Award for his work Sowing the Crops and Reading the Stars. The work is characteristic of Robinson’s graphic style and strongly informed by his background growing up on the Torres Strait Islands located between New Guinea and the tip of Cape York Peninsula.

In a statement accompanying the work, Robinson states that the painting references the traditional gardening practices that occurred throughout the Torres Strait as well as the abundant plant life and blooms that are found growing everywhere in profusion. Skill in gardening was and still is dependent on understanding the four seasons including knowledge of the movement of stars and constellations, tidal patterns and the migration of birds and certain sea creatures.

Agricultural fertility also entails a respect for inherited ancestral land and knowledge of how to influence rainfall and the growth of plants through actions, words, songs and the use of figures and stones. Cosmology, particularly star constellations, were of significant importance to the people who used them to encode nature’s relative predictability into mythological narratives like Usiam, a cluster of seven stars that are more commonly known as Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. These narratives epitomise the cosmology or sense of understanding of one’s place in the universe.

 

Judges Comments

Winner – Calleen Art Award
Brian Robinson Sowing the Crops and Reading the Stars, 2018
enamel spray paint, liquitex paint marker – 152 x 122 cm

The Award Judge, Michael Hedger, Director Manly Art Gallery and Museum, said “the winner is an interesting picture with a wonderful patterning background and figure over the top as well as a blend of various Asian styles, showing the rendition of ancient crafts.”

Highly Commended Awards

Geoff Harvey Ash Landscape, 2017, acrylic and charcoal on board, 123 x 153 cm Judges comments: “Ash Landscape, is absolutely astonishing – it has the whole tragedy of the landscape after a bushfire, something which unfortunately never goes out of the news in Australia. He’s encapsulated that perfectly”

Shannon Doyle, Power Struggle, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 120 cm Judges comments: “ This figure study I think is the best figure study in the exhibition, even more so because you don’t even see the figure, it’s all heavily clothed and an extraordinary painting is made out of using just tones, just grey.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous winners include Zai Kuang (2017), Tania Mason (2016), Yvonne Boag (2015), Naomi White (2014), Gladdy Kemarre (2013), G.W.Bot (2012), Peter Gardiner (2011), Claire Martin (2010) and Rowan Mathews (2009).

The 2018 Calleen Art Award opening night took place Saturday, 5 May and was a memorable and enjoyable Gallery event. For more information about the Calleen Art Award, stay in touch through the Gallery facebook page.

The list of 2018 finalists are:

  • Xiao Bai
  • Susan Baird
  • Michael Bell
  • Kate Briscoe
  • Annabel Butler
  • Daniel Butterworth
  • Jemma Calavassy
  • Jane Canfield
  • David Collins
  • Peter Cook
  • Kathryn Cowen
  • Dagmar Cyrulla
  • Tracy Dods
  • Bridget Dolan
  • Kate Dorrough
  • John Downton
  • Shannon Doyle
  • Graeme Drendel
  • Ashley Frost
  • Keith Fyfe
  • Craig Handley
  • Rachel Hannan
  • Samir Hamaiel
  • Hope Hardy
  • Geoff Harvey
  • Vicki Hersey
  • Kerry Johns
  • Val Johnson
  • Col Jordan
  • Hui (Kathy) Liu
  • Steve Lopes
  • Robert Malherbe
  • Nic Mason
  • Rowen Matthews
  • Kerry McInnis
  • Paul McKnight
  • Wayne Miles
  • Annabel Nowlan
  • Hal Pratt
  • Claire Primrose
  • Petra Reece
  • Brian Robinson
  • Brenda Runnegar
  • Stuart Smith
  • Sally Stokes
  • Zoe Young

Key dates

  • Exhibition dates Sunday 6 May–Sunday 17 June 2018

 

2017 Calleen Art Award

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Audery

Winner of the 2017 Calleen Art Award – Zai Kuang, Audery, 2017, oil on canvas, 180 x 90cm

The exhibition opening and announcement of the 2017 Calleen Art Award winner took place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday night 6 May 2017 from 6pm, with over 120 visitors including many of the finalists.

The exhibition was opened by Cr Judi Smith, Deputy Mayor, Cowra Shire Council and the Calleen Art Award winner was announced by the Awards Judge, Mr Angus Trumble, Director, National Portrait Gallery.

The winner of the 2017 Callen Art Award is Zai Kuang from Melbourne for his work titled Audery oil on canvas 102 x 84cm. Artists statement “My paintings are about children and daily life. I want to explore the relationships between children and their surroundings and the objects in the domestic environment” (except from the exhibition statement).

During the evening guests were treated to the presentation of delightful music by an ensemble of young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The exhibition continues to 18 June 2017.

For more information Tel: 6340 2190. The Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra and open from Tues–Sat, 10am–4pm and Sun 2pm–4pm. Admission is free.

The Calleen Art Award

The Calleen Art Award encourages originality, creativity and artistic excellence. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive national painting prize in any subject and style established in 1977 by Patricia Fagan OAM. The winner of the 2017 Calleen Art Award will receive $20,000 in prize money made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust and the winning work will become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The Awards Judge for 2017 is Angus Trumble, Director, National Portrait Gallery.

2017 marks the 40 year anniversary for the Calleen Art Award and during the past ten years it has developed a unique reputation as a major art prize in regional New South Wales. Previous winners include Tania Mason (2016), Yvonne Boag (2015), Naomi White (2014), Gladdy Kemarre (2013), G.W.Bot (2012), Peter Gardiner (2011), Claire Martin (2010) and Rowan Mathews (2009).

Entries closed on 3 March 2017.

People’s Choice Award

A People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) is awarded at the end of the exhibition. The winner will receive $500.

Key dates

  • Entries closed Friday 3 March 2017
  • Announcement of Finalists Late March 2017 (website)
  • Delivery of Finalist’s work See Clause 18 in form
  • Opening and Awards Presentation Saturday 6 May 2017
  • Exhibition dates Sunday 7 May–Sunday 19 June 2017

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.