Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2010 - Finalist

Things Aren't Always as They Seem (No.5)

I recently received a letter in the mail notifying me that I was selected as a finalist for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2010 (SCAP). I was over the moon with excitement as I have had a strong desire to be involved in this well respected Australian art prize since seeing it a few years back.  This is the first time I have entered and I'm extremely happy to be among the 40 artists in this years show.

The SCAP is one of the richest acquisition prizes in Australia with the winner receiving a $20,000 cash and residency prize.  Past winners include Shane Pickett, Tony Albert, Scott Redford and Peter Hudson.  

The prize will be judged by national art critic and writer John McDonald.  McDonald has twenty years experience and is regarded as Australia's best-known art critics. He writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald, and contributes to local and international publications.  'With often strong comments to make on the state of contemporary Australian art, his views on this year’s Prize will be keenly watched'.-John Waldron, Cultural, Heritage and Collections Manager for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.  

 'Things Aren't Always as they Seem (no 5.)' was the artwork selected for the SCAP.  The image depicts a bird drifting in the ocean on a wooden barrel and a goldfish disguised as a shark is swimming in the water. This painting is part of the Series 'Things Aren't Always as they Seem' a body of work where I have created a fantasy world where animals take on human characteristics and traits. The fantasy world theme is used as a ‘cushioning’ way to convey how things aren’t what they seem in the real world, it’s communicated on a sub-conscious level. 

The official opening of this event will be held on Thursday the 26th of August 2010 at 6.30pm at the Caloundra Art Gallery, 22 Omrah Ave.  I would love to see you there! 

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