Blog | Art Prizes
Each year one of the most rewarding prizes awarded as part of the Mosman Art Prize is the Viewers Choice Prize, worth $1,000 and sponsored by the Mosman Art Society. This year the Prize was awarded to 30 year old Carla Hananiah.
Over 500 people voted during the Mosman Art Prize for their favourite painting and out of the 101 entries, Carla’s work Mercy Comes with the Morning, was a clear winner.
On receiving the prize Carla said:
It was a lovely surprise to find that my painting had won the Mosman Art Society Viewers Choice Prize. I already felt honored by having my work included in the finalist exhibition and so to find out so many people had responded so positively to my art work was overwhelming. It is what every artist hopes for – that their work will speak to, attract, engage and strike a chord with other’s eyes, minds and souls. Knowing that my work resonates with others has made me feel very happy.
2011 Mosman Art Prize winner Kerrie Lester congratulated Carla and encouraged her to keep entering. In additition to receiving the prize Carla’s artwork has also found an appreciative buyer.
COFA graduate Carla Hananiah is also the recipient of the 2011 John Coburn Emerging Artist Award as part of the 60th Blake prize. Originally from New Zealand, Carla is inspired by breathtaking landscape and captures spectacular vistas alive with natural light and shadow. The marbled sky in her winning work Mercy Comes with the Morning, reflects her masterful technique and sense of pure colour combined with a spiritual response to place and atmosphere. The enigmatic titles of her work are often inspired by poetry and lyrics. The name of her winning work also reflects her positive feelings about the new direction in her life as a full time artist.
Jasper Knight, Hadyn Wilson & Craig Handley in conversation with Katrina Cashman, Assistant Director and Senior Curator Mosman Art Gallery
The Gallery was packed to capacity on Friday 27 July as Friends gathered to enjoy champagne and fine food and to hear Katrina Cashman, Assistant Director and Senior Curator of Mosman Art Gallery in conversation with artists, Jasper Knight, Hadyn Wilson and Craig Handley.
Jasper Knight, was winner of the Mosman Art Prize in 2008 with his painting, Wharf with Yellow Palings. Hadyn Wilson was the winner of the Mosman Art Prize in 1988 with his painting, The Departure of Mary Bryant and is a finalist is this year’s Mosman Art Prize with his painting, Transcendant Road, (a country town). Craig Handley, with his painting, That’s entertainment is also a finalist is this year’s Mosman Art Prize.
As Katrina engaged the guest artists in conversation, the Friends had the opportunity to gain insight into the ‘person behind the painting’ and their individual journeys as professionals. Hadyn and Jasper spoke about their experience of winning the prestigious Mosman Art Prize and the resultant opportunities that this created.
Jasper Knight, Hadyn Wilson & Craig Handley with Craig’s painting, That’s Entertainment
Later, the guest artists mingled amongst the crowd, answering questions and talking about their respective paintings.
David Fairbairn with Clara Adolphs
Artists whose careers spanned the generations spoke on Sunday about their winning artworks in the 2012 Mosman Art Prize.
27 year old Young Emerging Artist Award winner Clara Adolphs told the audience about how winning this prize has helped her to understand that she has ‘found her voice’ with this style of painting and that she now has the confidence to take it further.
Mosman Art Prize winner renowned Australian artist David Fairbairn brought the sitter for his winning artwork fellow artist James Barker along and explained his lengthy and personal approach to capture the subject’s qualities.
David explained the architectural approach to his work – where his lines are like the scaffolding of vast structures through which air and space can travel.
Clara described her thick impasto technique to capture the faces of people sourced from postcard sized photographs from a distant time and place as almost abstract in their enlargement.
David Fairbairn, Winner 2012 Mosman Art Prize, Seated Figure J.B. with orange ground (detail)
Mosman Art Prize judge Anne Flanagan, the Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales has chosen renowned artist David Fairbairn as the winner of the 65th Mosman Art Prize.
The prize was awarded tonight in front of a crowd of participating artists, their friends and family and the many others who were interested in the prize outcome.
Also awarded were 27 year old Clara Adolphs who received the Fourth Village Providore Young Emerging Artist Award of $2,000, Jerzy Michalski for the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize – an award dedicated to paintings of the built environment – and 1990 Mosman Art Prize winner John Bartley who received the Henry Bucks Commendation Prize of $5,000.
The Mosman Art Prize receipting day was again extremely busy with close to 700 entries flooding into the Gallery’s Grand Hall last Monday.
Warmer weather made it a great day inside the hall with some staff working 12 hours to prepare and manage the entries.
Judging took place on the Wednesday with Anne Flanagan – the Assistant Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, a very considered and thoughtful judge – selecting 101 works to be hung.
As usual – due to the open painting nature of the prize – the artworks offered a dazzling array of subjects, from monkeys and fantastical creatures to sublime landscapes, intriguing abstracts and strong portraits.
We look forward to the opening on the 20th of July when Anne will announce the winning entry and the additional prize winners.