Annual signature art prize winners announced
  • Thursday 28 August 2014

More than 100 dignitaries, artists and guests, joined Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson for the official opening and announcement of the 2014 Sunshine Coast Art Prize winners at Caloundra Regional Gallery on Wednesday, August 27.

Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Art Prize was the annual signature arts event on the Sunshine Coast and is a cultural initiative of Sunshine Coast Council.

“As one of the richest regional art awards in Australia, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize has consistently attracted great interest and the highest of standards amongst two dimensional entries received from all over the nation,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The Sunshine Coast Art Prize has certainly made its mark on the national arts calendar.”

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said it was an honor to welcome artists and guests to the Caloundra Regional Gallery – the home of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

“Each year we see a high level of creative talent that is certainly impressive and that talent is a challenge to the judge to select two winners from the 40 finalists,” she said.

“We are extremely fortunate to have secured highly respected judge Chris Saines, Director of Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.”

"Visually compelling and evocative" are the words Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 judge Chris Saines used to describe the overall winner and Highly Commended prizewinner’s artworks.

Mr Saines said Matthew de Moiser from Preston, Victoria was the outstanding winner of the prestigious national 2014 Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

“Matthew’s artwork entitled Servo (state 3) was the most visually compelling and entirely resolved work in the prize and receives a $15,000 cash prize and an Artist in Residence at Arley Farm in Maleny,” Mr Saines said.

“It was the work which I kept coming back to; the work which excited my interest the most. I wanted to know more about it. I still do.

"With a striking economy of means, de Moiser conveys both the spare modernity of service station design and the kit-set composure and occasional emptiness of suburban life.

“There are, in the Australian context, allusions to the work of Callum Morton and Jeffrey Smart, and perhaps even an unknowing nod to the low viewpoints of one of Russell Drysdale’s outback towns.

"A meticulously wrought assemblage with all the appearance of a dead pan painting, Servo (state 3) is a worthy winner.”

Chris Saines said he awarded the Highly Commended prize to Prudence Flint from St Kilda, Victoria, who received $2500 prize money for her artwork Doll.

“Flint’s Doll is an evocative and finely calibrated painting, at once a self-portrait and a visual poem of reflection and quietude,” Mr Saines said.

“In a highly organised composition that has resonances of Australian modernist, John Brack. Flint looks longingly back into her childhood.

"It is a painting filled with measure and calm, as interesting for its abstract organisation of planes as for its more narrative subject.

“I would like to congratulate all artists named as finalists in one of the nation’s most prestigious art prizes – this is something they can be very proud of.”

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition will be on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery until October 26.

For full details on the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 including the extensive public program, visit Council’s gallery website -

Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council and is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Sunshine Coast Council gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014.
Sunshine Coast Art Prize Sponsors
• Friends of Caloundra Regional Gallery Inc.
• The Proost-De Deyne Family
• Analogue Digital
• Fresh PR and Marketing
• Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre
• The Old Ambulance Station
• James Birrell Design Lab
• IAS Fine Art Logistics.
Minor Sponsors
• Tamarind Spicers
• Rumba Resort
• Red Chair Productions
• Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance
• Arley Farm
• Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd
• Positive Solutions
• University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery
• Arts Connect Inc.
• Earthbase Productions
• Beachcomber on the Spit, Mooloolaba
• Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce
• Regional Development Australia
• Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance
• TAFE Queensland East Coast (formerly known as Sunshine Coast TAFE)
• Immanuel Arts Festival.
Media Sponsors
• SALT Magazine
• 92.7 Mix FM
• My Weekly Preview.