05/12/19

CONGRATULATIONS to McLEAN EDWARDS this year’s winner of the Sir John Sulman Prize.

Established in 1936 the Sulman Prize is awarded to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. Edwards’ explains that this work is about romantic engagement. “My protagonist holds an apple/phone and is surrounded by new-growth leaves. There is a tree stump, stripped bare; febrile and baleful with one eye open. My hero’s coat is of the ‘look at me’ variety, a map of roads, the pattern a bitumen colour and rather uneven”. Edwards has a forthcoming exhibition ‘Everything Once’ opening on May 22.

‘The first girl that knocked on his door’, 2019 oil on canvas 153 x 122.5cm Edwards’

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05/12/19

Congratulations to Sylvia Ken winner of this years WYNNE Prize

Established in 1897 the Wynne Prize is awarded annually for ‘the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’. Sylvia Ken is from the Amata community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia. Her family are traditional owners for significant sites where the Seven Sisters story takes place. This painting refers to this story, the landscape that the story takes place in, as well as the characters in the story. ‘I listen to the old people’s stories and I think about these stories and then the ideas come for my paintings… I listen when they are talking about tjukurpa and telling creation stories, and when they say to me, “No, you should paint this way, the Seven Sisters”.’

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