46th Muswellbrook Art Prize

People's Choice Award Vote for your favourite artwork in the 2019 Muswellbrook Art Prize.Voting closes 1pm Sunday 5 May 2019.The winner of the $1,000 People's Choice Prize will be announced at the close of the exhibition, Sunday 5 May 2019.Voters are allowed one vote across all sections of the Prize, so make it count! Follow this link. https://entries.muswellbrookartprize.com.au/entry/vote/eknzoykV   Winner - Painting Category Sacha POLA, Having Reached Utopia, It Was Then Time 2018 │acrylic and conté crayon oncanvas, 135 x 165cm.This work merges the Classicism and Neo-Classicism (Romanticism) of Western Europe withAsian 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 mycareer, and aims at re-energising the narrative tradition. The image conflates contemporary andclassical iconography and reflects a pop-digital age in which excess is standard, and both thenatural world, and human civilisation, await renewal.   Winner - Works onPaper Category 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 Australianlandscape. Images from early colonial depictions of fauna, 19th century paintings of landscapeincluding William Strutt and Eugene Von Guerard reappear as contemporary visions of a mixedup world.   Winner - Ceramics Category 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 inNSW, time spent in Cézanne’s Provence in Southern France, and the cactus of Mexico. Theserealise an abstract simplification that triggers one’s own sensations. They are the thoughts thatkeep the traveller awake through the miles traversed to get there, and they are the passingimages that become familiar and permeate the creative processes that inform this art. They arevoluptuous forms that speak of passion and longing, but are pierced with signs of loss.   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. Congratulations to all finalists!  To view finalists follow this link!   Works on Paper Kate Briscoe Rockfall Emma Gorge Mark Dober Edge of the Forest Kate Dorrough The Waters Edge Christine Druitt-Preston There could be fairies in this garden - Gulgamree, Mudgee Garry Foye Grawin Construction Rew Hanks Gone Fishing East of Faskrudsfjordur Amber-Rose Hulme Breath Hanna Kay Aspects Martin King Recess I David Kurzydlo Icarus (Before the Flight) Kellie O'Dempsey Butoh Cry Lyn Raymer Roundabout Wendy Sharpe The Alchemy of Things Craig Waddell Narura Ferox Jodie Zutt Bend Painting Min-Woo Bang Moment of Tranquility John Bokor The Red Velvet Lounge Melissa Boughey Cross Country (taking the steep path backwards) Geoffrey Breen Riverwalk Kate Briscoe Close Up Rockface Split - Geikie Gorge Byron Copland Alan's Pumpkin David Darcy Ken & Tiger (During the Drought) Bridget Dolan The Unseen Blak Douglas Sting Dynasty Philip Drummond Between Seasons Nicolette Eisdell Majestic Interior Rocco Fazzari Coastal Walk Peter Gardiner 36.7169°S 141.8783°E (somewhere, somehow) Mike Green Early Morning, Ormiston Gorge Craig Handley Funny Ha Hahs and Bloody Galahs Jude Hotchkiss In The End Sacha Jeffrey Having Reached Utopia, It Was Then Time Gabrielle Jones Soft Landing (Birds of a Feather) Hanna Kay Shibboleth R Maree Kelly Evanesce Ben Kenning What's Sense in Non-Sense (Gray Matter) Kiata Mason Night Table Cathryn McEwen Woven Coastline Annemarie Murland Sheep Pens Dreaming Vanessa Newell Afternoon on the Back Verandah Rodney Pople Goulburn War Memorial at 3:00 am Lucy Roleff Silver Dollars Wendy Sharpe Self Portrait with Ghosts Mike Staniford Inferno Stef Tarasov The Splendour Craig Waddell From Where We are to Who We Will Become Works Ceramics Ros Auld Presence Mollie Bosworth Quandong Blues Johanna De Maine Chiisai Sakura Tracy Dickason Becoming Natalie Duncan Dungog Memory Jug Merran Esson Trees of the Monaro Barry Jackson Dark Earth 2 Caroline Kerr Layer by Layer Jeff Mincham For Robert Anne Mossman Seams of Uncertainty Sassy Park Indian Myna Simon Reece Feeling Blue Ebony Russell Piped Dream - Blue Drip Alexandra Standen My Mind is Full of Thoughts of You Geoff Thomas Anagama Fired Jar