10/13/18

Zoe Young wins Portia Geach Memorial Award 2018

Congratulations to Zoe Young who has won the $30,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award for 2018.

The judging panel included: Samantha Meers, Art Gallery of New South Wales trustee; Natalie Wilson, curator of Australian and Pacific art at AGNSW; and director of S.H Ervin Gallery Jane Watters.

“The Portia Geach is vital for female artists across the country and has provided a much-needed platform to display the work of young, emerging artists alongside that of established painters whose work I greatly admire. The award gives me the support to progress my artistic practice and I look forward to creating my next body of work.” – Zoe Young

Works by all 50 finalists are on view at the S.H. Ervin Gallery until 2 December. 

See the winning work below.

 

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10/21/16

CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURA JONES FOR MAKING THE FINALS OF THE PORTIA GEACH MEMORIAL AWARD AT SH ERVIN GALLERY

 

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate Laura Jones on being selected as a finalist in the 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

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The award celebrated it’s 50th year in 2015, cementing the Portia Geach Memorial Award as Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by female artists.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive award of $30, 000 is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘…for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.’ 

laura-jones_-selfie_-oil-on-linen_-71-x-61-cmLaura Jones, Selfie (2016), oil on linen, 71 x 61cm

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10/21/16

CONGRATULATIONS TO JO BERTINI ON PLACING RUNNER UP IN THE PADDINGTON ART PRIZE AND WINNING THE UNSW ART & DESIGN AWARD

Olsen Irwin would like to extend a big congratulations to Alan Jones for being a finalist and to Jo Bertini for receiving runner up in the 2016 Paddington Art Prize. Bertini was also awarded the UNSW Art & Design Award, allowing her to work on a future project with master print maker Michael Kempson of internationally renowned Cicada Press. The award was presented by Wayne Tunnicliffe from the Art Gallery NSW last night at the Paddington Art Prize. The prize runs from 20 October till 30 October at 111-113 Queen Street, Woollahra, 2025.

groundwater-gum-153cm-diamter-oil-on-board-2016Jo Bertini, Groundwater Gum (2016), oil on board, 153cm diameter.

 

 

 

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10/20/16

CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURA JONES ON BEING SELECTED AS AN EMSLA PRIZE FINALIST

Olsen Irwin would like congratulate Laura Jones on being selected as a finalist in the 2016 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

“The EMSLA $20,000 art award encourages excellence and innovation in Australian still life painting,” said Abigail Moncrieff, Acting Curator of the Gallery.

“It was the brainchild of Dr Mal Eutick who wanted to honour the memory of his parents while contributing to the artistic and cultural life of Coffs Harbour.

“This year we had over 220 entries from all over Australia and the 68 finalists include notable artists such as Leo Coyte, Laura Jones, Monika Behrens, Samuel Condon, Graham Marchant, Robyn Sweaney, Madeline Preston and Ted Hillyer.”

This year’s judges are Nat Thomas, the artist and arts writer/cultural commentator, and Michael Fitzgerald, writer and editor of Art Monthly Australasia. They will be announcing the winner at the opening of the EMSLA Festival on Friday, 11 November, at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

“The quality and diversity of the entries we received made it a very difficult job for the judges to shortlist the finalists. I don’t envy them trying to pick the ultimate winner,” said Ms Moncrieff.

As well as the announcement of the winner, the Opening Night will feature the naming of the People’s Choice Award winner and a special performance by popular soprano Michelle Der Kinderen.

The EMSLA exhibition will run until Saturday, 7 January, 2017 at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

laura-jones-mass-3-oil-on-linen-142-x-142-cm-webLaura Jones, Mass # 3, oil on linen, 142 x 142 cm

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10/19/16

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARISA PURCELL ON HER FINAL IN THE GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH AWARD

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate Marisa Purcell on having three works in the final of the Grace Crossington Smith award.

151201_purcell_002Marisa Purcell, Interval, 183 x 153 cm mixed media on linen

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151201_purcell_006  Marisa Purcell, Connected, 183 x 168 cm mixed media on linen

The winner is announced on 5 November 2016 with the exhibition running from 5 November to 10 December 2016 at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery at Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga (Abbotsleigh, Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga 2076)

‘The award is sponsored by Abbotsleigh and commemorates one of its alumni, Grace Cossington Smith, who is known as a pioneer of modernist painting in Australia. Artists were invited to submit original two dimensional artworks reflecting the theme of Making Connections. The winning entry will form part of the permanent collection of Abbotsleigh’s Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.’ –GCS Gallery

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09/8/16

Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize Finalists

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate our 4 finalists in the Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize; Alan Jones, Guy Warren, Kathryn Ryan and Paul Davies.

A special congratulations to Guy Warren for his ‘highly commended’ Red Hot Bowl – Trephina Gorge, Alice Springs (pictured below)

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Red Hot Bowl – Trephina Gorge, Alice Springs

jones-alan-painting-161-dunningham-reserveAlan Jones

Painting 161 – Dunningham Reserve

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Black Forest

ryan-kathryn-illuminated-pinesKathryn Ryan

Illuminated Pines

The prize was judged on Tuesday, the judging panel comprised Chris Saines, Director Queensland Art Gallery and Goma,  Dr Campbell Gray, Director University of Queensland Art Museum, Stella Downer, Art Consultant and judge of the Salon des Refusés, and Ernie Ward, Tattersall’s Club Committee Member. The exhibition will hang in the Foyer at Waterfront Place for a public exhibition from Monday 12 September and concluding on Friday 23 September.

 

 

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11/7/14

Alan Jones | Winner of the Kilgour Art Prize 2014

The winner of the Kilgour Art Prize for 2014 is Alan Jones!

Alan will receive $50,000 for his highly original Robert Forrester #2, a painting of the artist’s convict ancestor. Alan has depicted his ancestor against the small plot of land granted to him in 1794 which is just along the Hawkesbury River.

Alan expressed his delight in winning the prize, taking great joy in the confirmation it gives to his practise.

“Something like this… It’s like someone saying to you ‘Mate you are doing alright, you are going in the right direction, just keep going’… It’s hard to get that sort of feedback from other people, it’s a lovely surprise.” – Alan Jones in Conversation with the Newcastle Herald.

The annual Kilgour Art Prize for figurative and portrait painting awards first place to the most outstanding work of art as decided upon by a selection panel.

Alan’s portrait will be on show at Newcastle Art Gallery from 8 November – 25 January 2015

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Alan Jones, Robert Forrester #2, 2013, oil and acrylic on linen, 194 x 179cm

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11/7/14

Sophie Cape | Winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014

Sophie cape has been announced as the winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award for her spectacular portrait of actor Dan Wyllie. Consisting of oil and acrylic paints, charcoal, bitumen ink and soil, Romper Stomper measures 209 x 203cm and expressively captures the personality of the actor as well as the characters that he has performed over the years.

“I just did a whole lot of sketches then I took the canvas out to the bush and attacked it in an abstract way…It’s more about getting the emotion and feelings and energy into the work first. Then back in the studio I started to pull the face out.” – Sophie Cape in conversation with the Sydney Morning Herald

The fact that this painting was decided upon over 300 entries to the prize and then again out of 49 finalists speaks volumes of its undeniable quality and likeness. For taking first place Sophie will receive $30,000.

An annual prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibits contemporary portraiture by Australian women artists and is recognised as a significant celebration of the talents and creativity of Australian female painters. The prize was founded by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister Portia Geach with the first award being given in 1965.

Congratulations Sophie!

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Sophie Cape, Romper Stomper, 2014, oil, acrylic, bitumen, charcoal, ink and soil on canvas, 209 x 203cm

10/18/14

Jo Bertini, Tamara Dean and Sophie Cape | Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014

A big congratulations to Sophie Cape, Jo Bertini and Tamara Dean, who have all been picked as finalists in the Portia Geach Memorial Award for 2014, to be exhibited at the National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery.

The annual award exhibits contemporary portraiture by Australian women artists and is recognised as a significant celebration of the talents and creativity of Australian female painters.

The prize was founded by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister Portia Geach with the first award being given in 1965. Portia was a strong campaigner of women’s rights and intent on painting at the highest standard, despite the lack of opportunities given to women artists in Australia during the first half of the 20th Century.

Portia Geach Memorial Award:
7 November – 14 December 2014
National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery
2 Watson Rd, Millers Point NSW 2000

 

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Jo Bertini, Trail Blazer / Bone Collector -Through Desert Eyes, 2014, oil on canvas, 91 x 91cm

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Sophie Cape, Romper Stomper (Dan Wyllie), 2014, oil, acrylic, bitumen, charcoal, ink and soil on canvas, 209 x 203cm

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Tamara Dean, Mirra, 2014, oil on canvas, 46 x 36cm

10/16/14

Paul Ryan, Nicholas Harding | Finalists, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2014

Nicholas Harding and Paul Ryan are finalists this year in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Nicholas’ painting of actor Richard Roxburgh and Paul’s of fellow artist Noah Taylor make up a group of thirty works to be exhibited at Juniper Hall in Paddington.

The Doug Moran National portrait prize is an initiative of the Moran Arts Foundation, a philanthropic organisation whose objective is to support the arts in Australia.

The winner of the prize will receive $150, 000 and their portrait will be acquired as part of the collection of the Moran Foundation.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
29 October 2014 – 15 February 2015
Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, 2021

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Paul Ryan, Noah Taylor, 2014

Richard Roxburgh 2014 oil on linen 183x92cm copy

Nicholas Harding, Richard Roxburgh, 2014