2008 Art prize winner revealed
  • Friday 29 August 2008

Brisbane based artist, Scott Redford, is the winner of the coveted Sunshine Coast Council and Sajen Legal, $20,000 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, which was announced tonight at the Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor, Bob Abbott, said the calibre of artists who entered the competition and were selected to be one of the 40 finalists, was testament to the unbridled success of the art competition which is now in its third year.

“I congratulate Scott on his win – it is hugely rewarding for this Council to be able to award artists for their passion and their talent,” Cr Abbot said.

“The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a signature cultural event on the coast which has again attracted a high quality art from across the nation.

“I would like to thank both the wider community for their enthusiastic response to this prize and principal partner Sajen legal for their unwavering support.”

The Prize this year was judged by Julie Ewington, Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.

“From a rich, diverse and fascinating field, I was asked to select only three works for awards from this year’s prize exhibition,” Ms Ewington said.

“This prize exhibition testifies once again to the power of the artists’ imaginations and to the very different roads they travel.”

On her selection of the winning work Ms Ewington said: “Scott Redford’s current painting has taken his familiar preoccupation with Queensland beach culture, and the beach as a mytho-poeiac site in Australia, to a new and curiously ecstatic place. His knowingly fuses abstract expressionist paint handling with blue sea-scape references from the beach. It’s as if the visceral experience of painting is being conflated with the thrill of being inside a fine tube on a sunny day. Funky, passionate, quite gorgeous, I find Reinhardt’s Silver Instant Painting to be the award winner from a highly competitive field. And hope that successive visitors to the Gallery will enjoy it in the coming year.”

The winning work, titled Reinhardt's Silver Instant Painting, was chosen from works submitted by 400 artists from across the nation. 40 finalists were selected for the prize exhibition.

Scott Redford received $15,000 and a four-week residency at Maleny to the value of $5,000.

The following finalists were also recognized in the judging:

The $2,000 Highly Commended Prize was awarded to Peter Alwast for his Clouds, oil on poly cotton painting. The judge described his work as “allusive, complex paintings, in dialogue with his animations, scoping the skies above his native Gold Coast, while considering the life that unfolds beneath it… his working method remains free-wheeling, experimental, and open-ended.”

The $1,000 Commended Prize went to Bronek Kozka for There’s something about … . The judge commented that the work was both intriguing and original saying “there is something very strange other-worldly about this remarkable photograph…at first glance (it appears) to be a bleached and re-rendered image drawn from a pictorial publication of the 1950s or 1960s... Yet this photograph, and others from the same series, have actually been staged by the artist himself… to make subtle comments on conventional life, on family relationships, even on resistance within the family.”

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition runs until 5 October. The Caloundra Regional Art Gallery is open everyday during the Prize from 10am to 4pm and entry is free. Enquiries: (07) 5420 8299.

SCAP online
SCAP Online is a new initiative that offers a virtual view of the exhibition. Anyone on the web can navigate through the exhibition and see the art works on the Gallery walls. They can even nominate their peoples choice and purchase a work. It is an exciting initiative. To experience it go to: www.scap.org.au