|Tim Maguire (an artist) as painted by Angus McDonald|
With a stunning variety of styles and interpretations, the Archibald Prize exhibition was a pleasure to view yesterday at our local art gallery.
The Archibald Prize is an annual portrait painting award open to resident Australian artists. Begun in 1921 it is now nationally recognised and eagerly anticipated each year. The entry above by Angus McDonald was awarded the people choice at our gallery. Some of our children wondered if it was a photo until one inspected it more closely.
|Ultrapilgrim by Juan Ford|
Some of the entries were made of large brush strokes with thick oil paint (I didn't photograph these), others were a finer more detailed/realistic portrait. There are a total of 41 paintings in this exhibition, most being very large in size.
|Melody - portait of Missy Higgins by Kate Tucker|
|The Historic Wayfarer (after Bosch) by Tim Storrier|
The Historic Wayfarer, a faceless self-portrait by Tim Storrier, was judged to be the winner of the 2012 Archibald Prize.
The regional tour of the Archibald Prize only visits seven locations in our state. I think it's wonderful that our country town is one of those. This is the exhibition's sixth week here. Next week it will move on to another location.
|Great Egret by Cass Samms|
There are currently two smaller exhibitions at our gallery too. I particularly liked "Collection Made Accessible" where five regional artists were commissioned to create accessible art pieces for the visually impaired, based on existing artworks in the gallery's collection.
Great Egret is made from driftwood, paper (body and neck "feathers") and other natural materials.
Here you can see the collection painting from which Cass has taken her inspiration.
|Flannel Flowers 2012 by Carol Goodwin|
Machine embroidery, quilting, applique, fabric, dyes, nuno felting
This one really grabbed my attention too, being a crafter/sewer/quilter myself. Flannel Flowers are Australian native flowers (also featured in May Gibbs illustrations and stories).
|Flannel Flowers by Gladys O'Grady 1931|
Watercolour on paper
Both these "Accessible" pieces were made by artists who live less than an hour's drive away. I would love to return to the gallery alone and have a closer look. Who knows, maybe one day I might even have the opportunity to meet these talented local artists.
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