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’