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Art Prize Finalists 2019

Winner - Painting CategoryPola s

Sacha POLA, Having Reached Utopia, It Was Then Time

2018 │acrylic and conté crayon on
canvas, 135 x 165cm.
This work merges the Classicism and Neo-Classicism (Romanticism) of Western Europe with
Asian visual traditions, invoking notions of the Divine that are as fundamental as they are vague.
It employs a visual language and philosophy that I have been cultivating over the course of my
career, and aims at re-energising the narrative tradition. The image conflates contemporary and
classical iconography and reflects a pop-digital age in which excess is standard, and both the
natural world, and human civilisation, await renewal.


Winner - Works onPaper Category

King s

Martin KING, Recess 

2018, graphite on drafting film, watercolour and pigment on paper, 144.5 x 189cm.
Recess I is part of a series of work that fuses aspects and representations of Australian
landscape. Images from early colonial depictions of fauna, 19th century paintings of landscape
including William Strutt and Eugene Von Guerard reappear as contemporary visions of a mixed
up world.


Winner - Ceramics Category

Esson s

Merran ESSON, Trees of the Monaro

2018, stoneware, copper glaze, 39 x 70 x 55cm.
Many journeys have informed this work; influences from road trips through the Monaro area in
NSW, time spent in Cézanne’s Provence in Southern France, and the cactus of Mexico. These
realise an abstract simplification that triggers one’s own sensations. They are the thoughts that
keep the traveller awake through the miles traversed to get there, and they are the passing
images that become familiar and permeate the creative processes that inform this art. They are
voluptuous forms that speak of passion and longing, but are pierced with signs of loss.

 Natalie Wilson edited 1

Natalie Wilson is Curator of Australian & Pacific art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where she has worked since 1998. Research and writing include essays for AGNSW publications Australian Art in the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2000) and Parallel Visions (2002). Since 2006 she has curated many collection-based exhibitions at the AGNSW, and she was a researcher and catalogue compiler for the 2007 Sidney Nolan retrospective. In 2010, Natalie co-curated the retrospective Justin O’Brien: the sacred music of colour. She was awarded the 2011 Art Gallery Society of NSW Staff Development Scholarship to conduct research in PNG, spending 5 weeks travelling in the Highlands and along the Sepik River. She was also awarded the 2012 AGNSW Moya Dyring Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and spent 2 months in 2013 researching Pacific art in museum collections across Europe and developing the exhibition Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, which opened in May 2014 at the AGNSW. Natalie curated the 2013 retrospective exhibition All fired up: Peter Rushforth, potter for the SH Ervin Gallery, where she is a member of the Art Advisory Committee. In 2015, she curated the touring exhibition Painter in Paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea, which travelled to Lake Macquarie, Brisbane and Cairns, in collaboration with the SH Ervin Gallery. More recently, Natalie curated the 2016 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition for the AGNSW.

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Works on Paper
David Kurzydlo - Icarus (Before the Flight)
Lyn Raymer - Roundabout
Amber-Rose Hulme - Breath
Rew Hanks - Gone Fishing East of Faskrudsfjordur
Garry Foye - Grawin Construction
Jodie Zutt - Bend

Sacha Jeffrey - Having Reached Utopia, It Was Then Time
Kate Briscoe -Close Up Rockface Split - Geikie Gorge
Rocco Fazzari - Coastal Walk
John Bokor - The Red Velvet Lounge
Peter Gardiner - 36.7169°S 141.8783°E (somewhere, somehow)
Blak Douglas - Sting Dynasty
Craig Waddell - From Where We are to Who We Will Become
Nicolette Eisdell - Majestic Interior
Jude Hotchkiss - In The End
Annemarie Murland - Sheep Pens Dreaming

Works Ceramics
Kellie O'Dempsey - Butoh Cry
Barry Jackson - Dark Earth 2
Ebony Russell - Piped Dream - Blue Drip
Sassy Park - Indian Myna
Natalie Duncan - Dungog Memory Jug
Merran Esson - Trees of the Monaro
Johanna De Maine - Chiisai Sakura
Mollie Bosworth - Quandong Blues
Anne Mossman -Seams of Uncertainty