Louis Kahan

Rain, Boulevarde St. Denis, 1959

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award.  It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work. 

Over the past 71 years the Mosman Art Prize has developed in stature to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.

The inaugural winner in 1947 was a young Margaret Olley. Since the prize has been won by scores of artists including Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnson, Guan Wei and Michael Zavros among many others. Past adjudicators also include notable Australian art figures such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Jenny Sages and Edmund Capon.

Eva Kubbos

Tower, 1966

Earle Backen

Dust Storm, 1965

Guy Warren

Moon at Mungo Brush, 1965

Henry Salkauskas

Painting, 1965

Henry Salkauskas

Behind is Always the Sun, 1964

E. Colin Williams

Landslide, 1964

Eva Kubbos

Autumn Games, 1964

David Rose

Sisyphus, 1963

Henry Salkauskas

Landscape, 1963

Charles Reddington

Wonders and Workings of a New Place, 1963

Peter Laverty

Evening Landscape with Water, 1962

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