The Tasmanian Portrait Prize is now on at Devonport Regional Gallery and runs through until 19 January. The Portrait Prize was established twelve years ago with the aim to foster the development of emerging Tasmanian artists. It also provides an opportunity for the public to appreciate their talents.
The competition invites Tasmanian artists aged 30 and under to produce a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them. The event has awarded more than $100,000 towards ensuring top young Tasmanian artists can continue to follow their creative pursuits.
This year’s winning portrait, titled Mongrel by George Kennedy, was selected by judges Nicholas Harding, Dawn Oelrich and Tess Campbell. The total field was over 100 entries.
Judge and 2001 Archibald Prize Winner Nicholas Harding said the judges were impressed by the calibre and high quality of works as well as the refreshing diversity portrayed in the artwork. “The judges’ final decision was a very unanimous one, and we were all struck by both the vulnerability and the self-awareness of George’s portrait,” he said.
“Mongrel drew in all the judges, not only through its beautiful aesthetic balance but also the story behind the artwork which speaks of George’s journey to transform his gender identity.”
Chas Hughes won the runner-up award for his painting titled A night at the buffet. Joshua Andree took out the Sponsors’ Choice award with his entry Self Portrait with Overturned Wheel Barrow.
The exhibition, showcasing the works by 33 finalists, is finishing its tour of Tasmania at the Devonport Regional Gallery. TPP encourages visitors to visit the gallery or the TPP website to vote for the People’s Choice Prize. For more information, visit www.taspp.com.au.
Artists from the North-West region include Burnie-based artists Brodie Weeding and Shantelle Perry and Zoe Grey, from Marrawah.