Minnawarra Art Awards Winners
Award: Gerry Gauntlett Award
Artwork Name: A Rare Bird in the Lands
Artist: Eva Fernandez
Judges’ Comments: Sophisticated and technically strong, effective framing and use of dateable, decorative characteristic elements decorative. Reworking our understanding of an icon in the landscape. Staged reminiscent of Victorian era and presents a Contemporary reading of history. Darkness of colonial stories contained portrayed by the Black swan and our relationship with decorative arts.
Award: Stockland Sculpture Award
Artwork Name: Mute Figure #6 (Fading Out Even As It Focuses)
Artist: Paul Kaptein
Judges’ Comments: Interesting take on Self Portraiture – a cognizant of the developmental nature of an artist’s practice. Sombre – a death mask - yet playful, taking elements of portraiture from painting and sculpture and its display mechanisms and combines them. Discussion on contemporary art, blended mediums, falling apart of being constructed? Embraced loss of control and development of practice. Stretch of time/distortion.
Award: Local Artists
Artwork Name: Depression is
Artist: Catharine Willey
Judges’ Comments: Poignant and important subject matter, strong portrait highlighting a contemporary issue. Strong and forthright but empathetic. Arresting gaze highlights a universal but personal story. Sensitively handled.
Award: Highly Commended
Artwork Name: Topography
Artist: Susan Roux
Judges’ Comments: Brave use of composition, the work is contemplative yet varied and complex. As a process driven work the artist has a natural understanding of the materials and process being undertaken. Tension between calm tonal values versus the ruptured and torn material use. Macro/micro tension.
Award: 2015 Gerry Gauntlett Award
Artwork Name: Lost My Way
Artist: Mark Tweedie
Judge’s Comments: “The application of paint portrayed simplicity and confidence which came across in rich luscious tones. The vulnerability of the subject captured feeling and empathy, as if you were intimate with the subject. Amongst all the artwork your piece felt like it belonged.”
Award: 2015 Highly Commended Award
Artwork Name: Kensington Op Shop
Artist: Lorraine Sutherland
Judge’s Comments: “While this year’s Art Awards had some attractive pieces, the Kensington Op Shop portrayed mystery and authenticity. It was a piece we kept coming back too.”
Award: 2015 Inaugural Local Artist Award
Artwork Name: Fold Girls 3D
Artist: Jill Smith
Judge’s Comments: “It was great to see Jill experiment with new technology and skill. The piece was innovative without being faddish.”
Award: 2015 Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Award
Artwork Name: Habbittatted
Artist: Leesa Padget
Judge’s Comments: “Leesa’s artwork, whilst controversial, aligns with the MRA’s conservation strategy and will send a powerful message to all our Project Manager’s and Partners.”