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CONTEMPORARY ART

AWARDS 2019

Finalist Exhibition

11 January-11 June 2019 

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Winner: Mark Bagally

Highly Commended:

Ellie Coleman

Highly Commended:

Louise Tate

 
Janet Angus - Where You Stop is Where I Begin

Janet Angus

ACT, Australia

My art practice is an exploration of identity through painting and digital processes. I am fascinated by the way we shape our environment and in turn, the way it shapes us.

My painted constructions are a combination of three-dimensional and two-dimensional configurations that alternate between the illusion of deep space and the flat surface. They are a depiction of straight lines, hard edges, and simplified forms, and reference the starkness and austerity of Brutalist styles.

This work visually represents the connection between past, present and future, and the realisation of oneself within the built environment.

Where you stop is where I begin

Oil on board

152 x 137cm

2018

Kay Armstrong

New South Wales, Australia

Semantic Satiation (2018) represents that somethings can get repeated so many times that they lose their original meaning, like words. 

Semantic Satiation

Single channel video 

36sec

2018

 
 
Kate Bender - Feelings Have No Words, oil on board, 2018

Kate Bender

New South Wales, Australia

Kate Bender’s oil paintings embody the representation of light, and the perception of, and the interplay between space and form. The works are an illusionistic depiction of imagined forms and spaces, within which exists a harmony of colour, light and form. The abstracted forms and spaces offer a visualisation of both physical and psychological spaces.
 

Emphasising the uncertainty between the imagined and real, Bender’s works take the viewer into another world creating intimate spaces that invoke a sensorial and immersive experience; a visualisation of a poetic turn of phrase, an evocation of emotion, mood, and music expressed in paint and colour.

Feelings have no words

Oil on canvas

50 x 50cm

2018

Kate Bender - What the Water Gave Me, 2018

What the Water Gave Me

Oil on canvas

76 x 84cm

2018

Mark Bagally, Self Portrait, oil on boad, 2018

Mark Bagally

Victoria, Australia

A vibrant self portrait depicting a pensive moment.

Self Portrait

Oil on board

40 x 51cm

2018

 
 
Elizabeth Barden - Hold Tight, acrylic on canvas, 2018

Elizabeth Barden

Queensland, Australia

Hold Tight (2018) speaks of the resilience of women and a response to the #metoo #believeher #abouttime moment. The ability to withstand the storm, to find a way to be kept safe and protected. The depicted pink carnation, in the symbolism of flowers, represents the beauty and love of a woman, especially that of a mother. 

This must be preserved and closely secured in the instability and fragility of life, in this narrative the tape holds yet it is still vulnerable.

Hold Tight

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 60cm

2018

 
Tarli Bird - Urban Landscape: Bay of Fires, 2018

Tarli Bird

Victoria, Australia

Urban Landscape: Bay of Fires (2018) explores the contrasting elements of the organic and the manmade world. A layer of acrylic paint has been applied in a gestural manner that explores the colours and organic patterns at Bay of Fires in Tasmania. Overlapping this is a layer of spray paint influenced by the grids in both geography and urban planning as a way to create easy navigation to a location. Hand embroidery is used to add dimension to the work and to interconnect the organic with the structural. As a result, my aim is to embrace both the natural and structural environment of Bay of Fires.

Urban Landscapes: Bay of Fires

Acrylic, spray paint and hand embroidery on canvas

100 x 150cm

2018

 
Roger Callen - Standing Still, mixed media, 2018

Roger Callen

Queensland, Australia

Still-Life as a genre is on the verge of movement. To be completely still is to die, but then there is decay. Geometric spaces and fluid organic forms reveal the contradictions and disharmonies inherent in human lives, lived as cultural imaginings in a world of accidental contingency. Human imagination creates a trajectory, closed, yet open to a transformation from within. The fabric of leaves, wood and bone leave their temporary imprint, a link to organic origins. 

History: A leaky roof led to the restoration of leaf intricacies. Boxes from domestic purchases, driven by consumer ethic, a discarded child's ball from waterfall debris is in a position of dynamic rest, fallen rainforest leaves and a fern frond, discarded wood from a fencing project, the partial skeleton of a ? bird ...

Standing Still

Mixed media on board

86 x 67 x 11cm

2018

 
Tom Christophersen - Purge.EXE, mixed media, 2018

Tom Christophersen

New South Wales, Australia

Purge.EXE (2018) is a portrait of Queer portraiture artist Michal Simms. Michael makes traditionally crafted oil paintings on canvas. The work refers to the struggle Michael and many contemporary artists working in traditional and or technical mediums which are not considered ‘in-vogue’ amongst an age of digital saturation and ‘persona’ driven careers which are constructed to exist online. Emerging and early career artists are expected to have a large and bold digital presence which often leaves very little time for actually making work and many creatives take umbrage against rigorous tending to social media profiles to extend ‘influence’ rather than attend to their practices. ‘EXE’ refers to a naming convention in Microsoft DOS referencing ‘an executable file’: a digital file which contains a program.

Purge.EXE

Mixed media on watercolour paper

42 x 69.5cm

2018

Sandra Cipriotti - Fiore Energia, 2018

Sandra Cipriotti

New South Wales, Australia

My interest is in female empowerment - to explore my interest in the empowered female and space she occupies in the world, I attempt to capture the feeling of empowerment and translate that into artwork. Evoking a sense of curiosity, I also aim to reveal expressions, poses and subjects that invite us to look deeper, beyond social norm's and constraints, beyond our experiences and humanity, to uncover a wisdom and truth that our authentic spirit is bigger than the constraints posed on us, beyond the confines of the canvas. My methodology is to investigate the contrasts of light and shade, negative and positive space, colour, form, design, texture, scale, and composition.

Fiore Energia

Oil and mixed media on canvas

60 x 90cm

2018

 
Ellie Coleman - Lucent Creatures, 2018

Ellie Coleman

Queensland, Australia

Lucent Creatures (2018) explores concepts of mourning, loss, repurposing and animal ethics through crystallised animal skulls and taxidermy birds. Reprocessing animal remains into contemporary art objects encodes the animal works with ethical considerations and insights pertaining to animal rights. This piece responds to the devaluing of animals and how I can debunk human-animal hierarchal by reassessing problematic perception and affiliated ‘social value’ of animals. By confronting the idea of death and the importance of all life through showcasing ‘deceased animals’ these jewelled objects occupy a new liminal space between animal ethics and vegan philosophy. They become more than a mere material through the acceptance they are the bodies of other animals. In this way, I tell their stories and pay homage to their lives rather than celebrate their deaths.

Lucent Creatures

Taxidermy bird and crystals

Variable

2018

 
Guy Cooper - Poseidon's Music Box, 2018

Night View

Guy Cooper - Poseidon's Music Box, 2018

Guy Cooper

Queensland, Australia

In nature, patterns and connections can be found everywhere we look; the cylindrical motion of life is seen on a large scale in our solar system and in the smallest cycle of growth and rebirth on our planet. Nowhere is this seen more so than the in coral reef systems and our own Great Barrier Reef. The advancement the industrial revolution has impacted the planet in many ways, as we fight to keep our planet growing, society needs to find a way to improve life and our constructions. May this coral themed music box call on Poseidon, god of the sea come to save us all.

 

Poseidon's Music Box

Steel and recycled plastic

180 x 180 x 380cm

2018

Karl de Waal - Hugo,Emmy,Kurt,Sophie,Marcel,Hannah,hans, 2018

Karl de Waal

Queensland, Australia

This work celebrates the Dada Artists of the early 20th century.
Each figure represents one of the pioneering artists from Dada.
Just over a hundred years ago in Zurich, Switzerland, the Cabaret Voltaire unleashed a new way of thinking, a place of refuge. 

 

A philosophical state of mind rather than an art movement, this Cabaret was to begin a chain of events that would challenge and inspire countless generations of artists. These sculptural figures pay respect to seven of the artists of the time.

Hugo, Emmy, Kurt, Sophie, Marcel, Hannah and Hans

Found timbers

7 pieces - variable

2018

 
Allegra Deucio - Clouded mind #1, 2018

Allegra De Leucio

Victoria, Australia

This series of works explores the theme of Identity through the depiction of inner emotions. Through the creation of digital manipulation of self-portraits, I depicted how emotions can be portrayed through the use of colour, texture, movement and body gestures. My inner emotions are depicted through different abstract paintings and photographs. The feelings within the portrait reflect part of my journey during a time and place where things are unpredictable and life circumstances continued to shift and change around and within me. In #1 I focussed on cool blue tones to emphasise sadness and depression exiting my body, and leaving a sense of strength, calmness and protection.

Sometimes I love you; sometimes you make me blue #1 Clouded Mind

Inkjet print and acrylic on canvas

42 x 59.4cm 

2018

 
 
Michael Dyson - 'Rain', acrylic on canvas, 2018

Michael Dyson

South Australia, Australia

A depiction of a drive through an extraterrestrial city on a rainy night.

Rain

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 50cm

2018

James Gardiner - Shard 1, sculpture, 2018

James Gardiner

New South Wales, Australia

Shard 1 (2018) is steeped within broad influences; eroded and stratified rock formations, science fiction, cities and formation/agglomerate over extended periods of time. The work explores the form similarities between such phenomena and the ambiguity that exists in the interpretation of abstract sculpture as an artefact.

Rocks, cities and science fiction worlds are all framed against time and its effects; settlement patterns, location of materials/resources, tectonic shifts and creative/destructive forces. Each in constant flux and marked through the passage of time.

The work is produced through a process of assemblage of resin board, then worked through cutting, gauging, grit blasting and fine jewellers detailing. The work was then spray painted with black lacquer and finished with a clear resin.

 

Shard 1

Resin board finished with black lacquer and clear polyurethane

36 x 72 x 30cm

2018

Tyler Grace - Down In The Mud, photographic print, 2018

Tyler Grace

New South Wales, Australia

Every relationship has its struggles. It can feel as if you are stuck in the mud and that the mud is going to swallow your relationship whole. 

No matter what happens, always try to keep supporting each other through these sticky, tough times.

Down in the Mud

Metallic print face-mounted to acrylic

76 x 50cm

2018

 
Tyler Grace - The Lonely Road, photographic print, 2018

Loneliness can be tough for some, but there are those who prefer to stay on the lonely road and live their lives in solitude.

The Lonely Road

Metallic print face-mounted to acrylic

76 x 50cm

2018

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Wade Goring

New South Wales, Australia

This illustration was created using a number of digital art techniques and tools; from an iPad to a Wacom tablet and Photoshop. The work eludes to the excesses and stresses of modern life from a queer male perspective.

Broken Man

Digital Illustration

59.4 x 84.1cm

2018

 

Paul Hagan

New South Wales, Australia

In Reality in Time (2018) attempts to present a piece of work that challenges the thought process of determining our everyday actions. In the construct of reality and the matrices applications, our thoughts and actions determine the people we are and the people we become and in turn, the collective populous will determine the societal values and the very future of our world. Therefore, the audience is encouraged to adopt an attitude that promotes healthy growth and enhances the progression of our society.

In Reality of Time

Single channel video

1:39sec

2018

 
Lee Herath - Terra Textures 3, photographic print, 2018

Lee Herath

Victoria, Australia

Inspired by nature, Terra Textures (2018) is a series of abstract photographic works that focus on emotion rather than form. Photographically, I experiment with textures found in nature by using Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and Multiple Exposures to create painterly works that result in dramatic fields of colour. The colour palette that emerges in this series are expressive and aim to engage the viewer by providing a space for contemplation and escape from our day-to-day lives.

Terra Textures 3

Limited edition of 10

Archival print face-mounted to acrylic

81.28 x 116.84cm

2018

 
Lee Herath - Terra Textures 1, photographic print, 2018

Terra Textures 1

Limited edition of 10

81.28 x 116.84cm

Digital print face-mounted to acrylic

2018

Julie Hollis - Colours of Summer, 2018, painting

Julie Hollis

Queensland, Australia

Here in Queensland, the colours in this painting mean so many things!
The golden yellow and oranges of the rising sun! I see the reds representing the, sometimes searing heat but also the beauty of an amazing sunset over the mountains. I see sunflowers following the sun around its’ daily cycle, their golden faces drinking in the beautiful warmth of the golden rays. This is my testament to summer and all those wonderful fields of sunflowers I love so much.
I also understand that art is totally subjective and some viewers will see a completely different picture based on their own life experiences. To me, that is the beauty of art.

Colours of Summer

Oil on canvas

90 x 60cm

2018

 
 
Sophia Holmes - Thursday 10:12pm_152_7163, acrylic on linen, 2018

Sophia Holmes

Tasmania, Australia

Passing through landscapes, memories are imprinted, leaving a hazy image. These memories of moments are imagined and reimagined with each recall; overlapping, layer upon layer, in an unconscious field where thoughts are caught in strata of translucent colour. As with the layered memories, the process of painting follows its own path, slowly revealing forms through unearthing and reconcealing pentimenti, creating atmospheric suggestions of time and place.

Thursday 10:12pm 152_7163

Acrylic on linen

56 x 56cm

2018

 
PluginHUMAN - Inter-Dream, installation, 2018

Plugin HUMAN

Victoria, Australia

Inter-dream (2018) is an interactive exhibition featuring a multi-sensory environment that is controlled by audience member's brainwaves. Audiences wear EEG (electroencephalogram) and VR (virtual reality) headsets. [Electroencephalograms read the electrical activity that is happening inside the brain]. Audience member's brainwaves control the sights, sounds, feelings and aromas in an immersive exhibition space. Inter-Dream places the human body at the centre of a live digital experience.

This project investigates human-computer integration. It uses the human body as a central interface. We create a feedback loop between humans and machines, forming a cycle of information that is shaped by a collusion between active brainwaves and real-time generative art.

PluginHUMAN - Inter-Dream, installation, 2018

Inter-Dream

VR and EEG technology, digital interactive visuals, interactive sleeping platform,

interactive audio, customised interactive aromas.

4 x 5m

2018

Lewis Ihnatko - Closer, oil on canvas, 2018

Lewis Ihnatko

New South Wales, Australia

This painting references a moment after I was born. The image shows my mother and her friends. One woman in the work still maintains a friendship with my mother while the other is no longer in contact with. The referenced analogue photograph highlights figures and distorted colours best capture what I have been told about my early life.

Closer

Oil on canvas

150 x 100cm

2018

 
Jeanel Suresh - Troubleshooting, 2018

Suresh Jeanel

Victoria, Australia

I am interested in creating calligraphic images that are not exactly writing, but which hover between an alphabetic letter and a doodle. Where does the meaning lie?

Troubleshooting

Inkjet print

21 x 29cm

2018

 
 
Kerry Juhren - When it Rains, 2018_

Kerry Juhren

Western Australia, Australia

When it rains (2018) was created using heavy layered impasto strokes and uses colour variations to create further depth within the painting. This piece has been framed in solid Australian oak.

When it Rains

Acrylic and impasto on canvas (framed)

102 x 76cm

2018

 
Danny Kneebone - Ariella's Tears, 2018

Daniel Kneebone

Victoria, Australia

Drawing inspiration from the mythology of angels, Ariella's Tears (2018) is a photographic story piece illustrating the archangel who governs the natural world. The figure acts as a liaison between humanity and the elements.

 

The completed image is deliberately staged in a renaissance style to mimic the grandness of the oversized paintings produced during that time. The angel clutches herself while gazing into the distance; this depicts her future fears about what may happen to our world. The skies represent our environment, the dark and violent colours on the left are overtaking the lighter dawning skies on the right, exemplifying the turning point in our planet’s overall health. The inclusion of the other angels in the background symbolises the eternal struggle that has been taking place about the environment; the cooperation of humanity is imperative as heaven alone cannot save our world. The overall aim of this work is to present this dilemma in a mythological and imaginative way that enables the audience to be mindful and contemplate the future health of the planet.

Ariella's Tears

Archival digital print on galerie prestige gold fibre silk

79.5 x 100cm

2018

Alex Leung - Steel Knife, 2018

Alex Leung

Hong Kong 

Steel Knife (2018) abstracts a set of still life objects. It is expressed in a style that uses flowing, liquid-like, interlocking lines to create a mixture of patterns such as fruits, cheese, wine, glass, flower pot and steel knife, which dynamically express both individual objects and their surroundings. The rhythmic lines and shades imply the balance between rules and freedom. The accurate lines represent the social rules, whereas the freestyle patches represent our desire for freedom. These are inspired by the concept of viewing the world through liquid-filled glass.

Steel Knife

Acrylic on canvas

70 x 108cm

2018

 
 
Simone Linssen - Wall Flower, 2018

Simone Linssen

Queensland, Australia 

My artwork focuses on the personal and the hidden, concentrating on particular issues of identity, anxiety and loneliness. Wallflower (2018) communicates the irrational emotions that emanate from social anxiety. All aspects of the scene are Instagram ready, from the colour palette to the appropriate clothing, however, the subject is experiencing an overwhelming urge to hide. The absurd and humorous place to seek cover speaks of the destabilising feeling of being emotionally exposed.

Wallflower

Oil on canvas

76 x 76cm

2018

Bec Litvan - To Have and to Hold, 2018

Bec Litvan

New South Wales, Australia 

My work aims to engage with female body image in relation to a process (breast cancer) which amputates femininity and restores it through empowerment. My work celebrates the disabled female form, whilst challenging the societal constraints on femininity and beauty. This work focuses on an emotional connection between a husband and wife, which is often lost due to the gruelling and defeminizing process of breast cancer.

To Have and to Hold, in Sickness and in Health

Archival digital print

118.9 x 84.1cm

2018

 
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Shereen Mahmoud

Queensland, Australia 

My work investigates pain, exploring both the fragility and the resilience of the human mind, body and soul. Through my self-portraits I communicate the profound emotions that life generates in me, capturing truthful moments of pain, struggle and vulnerability. I believe that communicating our pain is a crucial element to communicating our truth and to building deeper human connections. This body of work integrates traditional painting, body painting, photography and digital art into one whole. I start the process by painting on canvas, paint my body, then compose and photograph the scene; finally I proceed with the digital painting and image manipulation process.

Grief

Archival inkjet print

76 x 101cm

2018

 
 
Dennis McCart - Solvitur Ambulando, 2018

Dennis McCart

Queensland, Australia 

This painting continues my ongoing line of enquiry into post-industrial landscapes. It depicts a contemplative journey through a totem etched tunnel which opens onto a peri-urban landscape bordering the Gateway Motorway in Brisbane. The liminal environment depicted has undergone traumatic upheavals through past and present industrial activity and yet these landscapes remain resilient, adapting to the continual rewriting of their ecology due to human interference. While superficially pleasing, the painting uses a subdued gentle pallet to compensate for the ugliness of the subject matter. However, beneath these artifices, I seek to evoke what Edmunds Burkes states a delightful horror.

Solvitur Ambulando (It is solved by walking)

Oil on board

83 x 100cm

2018

Ceilidh Meo - Triptych: The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall, 2018

Ceilidh Meo

Victoria, Australia 

Reminiscent of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this work responds to the media coverage of Harvey Weinstein's swift fall from grace in response to the #MeToo movement. From L-R the three sections are titled "Only Human", "Return to Earth" and "Feet of Clay".

 

The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall

Knitted wool and synthetic yarns, polyester ribbon and acrylic on canvas

228 x 76cm (triptych - total size)

2018

 
Susannah Paterson - Shamanic, 2018

Susannah Paterson

New South Wales, Australia 

Many of my paintings are about dreaming, the subconscious, and the intertwining of psyche and nature. This work is about the primitive nature of nature itself. I chose colours that evoke earth, water, air and rock and the figuratively abstracted animals and beasties represent the known and unknown. I'm always curious about the unknown. Sometimes people say oh you have an amazing unconscious mind, but I don't think of it as mine, more that I am expressing aspects of all of our unconscious minds, like Jung's collective unconscious. I believe that most of us rush around with only a slight awareness of the primitive forces of nature on the edges. Unless you live in the bush, that is! Even so, there is so much mystery yet to be uncovered.

Shamanic

Oil on round birch panel

90cm diameter

2018

Pamela Pauline -  I'll Fly Away, 2018, photographic print

Pamela Pauline

New South Wales, Australia 

Pamela Pauline is a Landscape and Fine Art Photographer based in Mona Vale on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. This work, entitled "I'll Fly Away" forms part of a new series entitled "Grow Where You Are Planted" with a focus on Australian Native Flora and Fauna. In these works, my subjects are painted in high detail using my lens, and then further honed during a meticulous editing process. This artwork includes elements of over 80 photographic images, including a little-featured lorikeet, dedicated to my father who loved them and passed away this year. 

I'll Fly Away

Digital pigment print on cotton rag, framed

102 x 102cm 

2018

 
 
Brock Q. Piper - Titan, 2018, painting

Brock Q. Piper

Victoria, Australia 

Painting for me has always been like another language, some kind of ancient text that no one quite knows how to pronounce. I was four years old when my fascination with paint began, I would be mesmerised by its ability to make your imagination a shareable reality. My grandmother was taking painting and drawing lessons at the time, as most country ladies of leisure did with their time. She would paint birds on the family farm amongst countless copies of classic paintings, some to this day I am not 100% sure she didn't paint the originals. Either way, I begged her to allow me to use her oil paints and so my journey with art began. She introduced me to colour, and above all, the importance of being patient, of looking and to create.

Titan

Oil on canvas

140 x 140cm 

2018

 
Ruby Purple - Survival Way OC 1, 2018, mixed media