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Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.
This work is part of a current body of work in which I continue to explore my environment and ideas about my proximity to the sea. I think my memories of the water and being outdoors still holds weight in terms of how I choose to live and in particular how this applies to my artwork. This particular work is based around the Wharf in Manly. The title is a snippet from something I was listening to at the time, I tend to generate titles through a wide variety of music whilst I paint.
Another aspect to the work is about perception and judgement. The use of palette knives to apply the paint is done with a deliberate subtlety, from afar the work looks flat and painted with brush, on closer inspection texture is revealed. This discord is deliberate in terms of the construction of the painting using hard edges of interlocking colours to flatten the picture plane. Using tonal variations of colours and in some cases reduced chroma, I try to create depth. The flattened shapes create an ambiguous image where a narrative is unfolding.
The boy in Blue boy and dog is an appropriation of the famous Thomas Gainsborough painting The blue boy a portrait of Johnathan Buttall the son of his friend. It is likely that the painting is an example of homoerotic paintings of boys that were among the most desirable collector objects of the time. The theme of the painting is the transition from youth to manhood. My blue boy is removed from the dark brooding landscape and placed in a white void – a timeless space.
I am also interested in the transition of boy to man. My own son is 14 years of age.
In many ways we [men] are eternally negotiating this transition. Most of us never fully complete the journey, myself included for starters – we don’t want to go the distance. We can’t, won’t let go of youth. This painting is as much about my son’s transition to manhood, as my attempts to come to terms with being middle aged – not quite old, but no longer young.There is a power, a wonderful energy that grows in us in early manhood, it wanes but never dies. It is what drives us.
My blue boy has a companion dog, beast. Is it friend or foe? Will the dog guide him through the labyrinth, or tear him to shreds. I suspect it is a bit of both.
Back of Croydon was made whilst I was Artist in Residence at PLC Croydon in May, 2014. Just off my studio was a small balcony where you could look over the backs of the terraces across the lane. The view was immediately arresting and I set about painting it. At the same time every morning (considering the weather was constant) I would add or take away from the painting, eliminating mis-information and filling in descriptions and details that I hadn’t noticed on the other days.
As a painter I am particularly drawn to landscapes that challenge me and the way I see the world. This landscape features a barrier like building blocking off the more typical city skyline scene behind. I appreciate the blunt appearance of the terraces and also the variance of roof-tops, highlighted by the harsh Autumn light. Dealing with the morning shadows and the angles of the buildings was a particular challenge which forced me to reconsider previous decisions.
I grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney and am now based in the inner city. While the city is my home, I like to escape as often as I can. When I spend time in the bush, I feel compelled to paint not only the landscape, but how people engage with it.
Burning stacks with dog was inspired by an afternoon spent on a property called Carroll Gap, a small farm near Gunnedah. The early evening was spent ‘up the hill’ clearing away dead pine trees and burning them. It was just on dusk, and as the bonfire raged, dogs were running frenetically in all directions trying to escape the heat. This painting captures the dramatic scene, and evokes the sensation of the intense, radiating heat of the flames.
The Mosman Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. Established in 1947, the Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in Australia. The winning works form an outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art, reflecting developments in Australian art practice over the last half a century. Works from the collection are regularly displayed in the Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre, Mosman Council and Mosman Library.
The winner of the first Mosman Art Prize, judged by Lloyd Rees in 1947, was Margaret Olley. Subsequent Prize winners include many prominent artists such as Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Anthony Galbraith, Elisabeth Cummings, Janet Dawson, Jenny Sages and Tim Johnson. The 2011 Mosman Art Prize was won by Kerry Lester. Past adjudicators of the Prize have also included prominent figures in the Australian art world such as Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Tim Storrier, Edmund Capon and Margaret Olley.
The 2014 Mosman Art Prize will be judged by Felicity Fenner Senior Lecturer and Chief Curator (National Institute of Experimental Arts) at UNSW Galleries, COFA.
The official opening function and announcement of the Mosman Art Prize will take place on Thursday evening, 31 July 2014, beginning at 6.30pm at the Mosman Art Gallery.
While Mosman Council sponsors the major prize of $30,000 (acquisitive), the Commendation Prize of $5,000 (non-acquisitive) is sponsored by Henry Bucks of Mosman, other sponsors include the Fourth Village Providore Young Emerging Artists’ Award (under 35 years) $2,000 and the Mosman Art Society Viewers’ Choice Award for $1,000. The Mosman Art Gallery is indebted to these sponsors for their generous support and commitment to the Mosman Art Prize.
In addition to the major prize of $30,000, Mosman Council sponsors the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize. An accomplished architect and artist, and Mosman Councillor for 24 years, Allan Gamble was the founder of the Mosman Art Prize. Valued at $3,000 (non-acquisitive), the prize will be awarded to the best painting which explores the theme of ‘the built environment’.
Entry forms must be completed online. Please complete one entry form for each artwork. After completing the online form, you will receive an email. Print two copies of the email notification and bring this with the artwork and payment of $50 (incl GST) per artwork to the Mosman Art Gallery on receipting day, Monday 14 July 2014 between 8am and 7pm.
Selected entries will be listed on the gallery website from Saturday 19 July.
The Mosman Art Prize is open to all permanent Australian residents aged 16 years and over with the exception of Mosman Council staff, Councillors, the Mosman Art Gallery Consultative Group; and their immediate family.
The Mosman Art Prize is open to original paintings in any medium such as watercolour, acrylic and oil. To qualify for adjudication the work must be substantially painted and can incorporate to a lesser extent other mediums such as drawing (pencil, pastel, charcoal, etc.), printmaking and collage. Photography and sculpture are specifically excluded. All work entered is to be produced after 1 January, 2013 and must be the original work of the exhibitor.
For the Mosman Art Prize, Commendation Prize, Viewers’ Choice, and Young Emerging Artists’ Award, the subject of the work is entirely open to the artist. For the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize, the subject is ‘the built environment’.
The Mosman Art Prize winning work shall remain the property of Mosman Council. The artist retains copyright. Mosman Council must be acknowledged on any reproduction of the prize-winning work.
The Judge will also select works of merit to be hung in the Mosman Art Prize exhibition, held at the Mosman Art Gallery, cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman. All works selected for hanging must remain on show for the duration of the exhibition. The Judge’s decision shall be final and no subsequent discussion will be entered into.
The 2014 Mosman Art Prize exhibition will be held in the Mosman Art Gallery, from Saturday 26 July to Sunday 7 September inclusive.
Admission is free. Open 7 Days: 10am–5pm.
All works exhibited in the Mosman Art Prize may be for sale unless marked Not For Sale (NFS). A commission of 33.3% will be deducted from the selling price of any work sold by the Gallery. Should GST apply to the sale of your artwork, please ensure it is included in the total selling price. Artists affiliated with a specific commercial gallery should contact their Gallery Director regarding ‘split commission’ arrangements. Split commission is 40%.(20/20) The name of the Gallery must be included on the entry form if commission is to be split.
The entry fee is $50 (inc. GST) per art work (Non-Refundable). A maximum of 2 works per artist (one on-line entry form per artwork). Entry forms must be completed by the artist. All details supplied by the artist are final including name of artwork, artists’ name and price of artwork.
Works must be presented ready for exhibition: ie. mounted and framed (if necessary) with ‘D-ring’ hanging devices attached. The artist’s name, address and phone number, title of work, price or Not For Sale (NFS) must be clearly marked on the back of each work, and on the Entry Form. NO WET PAINTINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The maximum size of works entered in the Prize is an area of 2m²(i.e. length × width is no more than 2m², including frame) e.g.1.50m × 1.33m = 2.0m², 2.00m × 1.00m = 2.0m²
Receipt of entries is Monday 14 July 2014 from 8am until 7pm. Entries must be delivered at the expense of the artist to Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre, Cnr Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Rd, Mosman. If artworks are delivered by Courier – the name of the Courier company must be on the entry form.
ALL ENTRY FORMS MUST ACCOMPANY THE ARTWORK. DO NOT send the form or payment separately.
Successful entrants will be listed on the website www.mosmanartgallery.org.au from Saturday 19 July. Works not selected must be collected from the Mosman Art Gallery between Tuesday 22 July and Wednesday 23 July between the hours of 10am and 6pm and Thursday 24 July, between the hours of 10am and 7pm. Works not collected by 31 July 2014 will be disposed of.
Exhibitors must collect their works between Monday 8 September and Wednesday 10 September between 10am – 5pm and Thursday 11 September between 10am–8pm at their own cost. Mosman Art Gallery will not be responsible for works not collected by this time. Works not collected by 22 September 2014 will be disposed of.
Artworks not exhibited must be collected by courier on Wednesday 23 or Thursday 24 July, 10am-5pm. Exhibited artworks must be collected by courier on Wednesday 10 or Thursday 11 September, 10am-5pm. Artists must organise the courier and advise Mosman Art Gallery of all details – especially the name of the courier company and approximate time and date for collection
Mosman Art Gallery will exercise all reasonable care with works submitted, but will not be responsible for the loss of or damage to any work while in its custody or in transit to and from the Gallery.
Mosman Art Gallery reserves the right to photograph works exhibited in the Mosman Art Prize for the purpose of documentation and promotion. As part of the conditions of acquisition of the winning work, the winning artist will grant license to Mosman Art Gallery to reproduce the image of the painting in electronic and printed forms (eg, for online inclusion as part of the Gallery’s collection) and for general publicity purposes. The artist will maintain copyright over all commercial reproductions of their winning painting. All necessary acknowledgements of authorship will be duly made.
The personal details requested on this form will only be used for the purpose of processing your application, keeping records, and establishing your identity in accordance with Mosman Council’s Privacy Management Plan (August 2000). Access to the information is restricted to Council Officers and other authorised people.
In the event of a dispute regarding the interpretation of conditions, the decision of Mosman Art Gallery shall be binding on all parties.
How do I pay if I'm using a courier?
To pay the entry fee when using a courier you must include the payment (cheque or cash) with the entry forms and the artwork. Do not send payment separately. Payments cannot be done on-line.
How do I print the entry form?
Once you have completed the online entry form, you will receive an email. Print the email, not this page!
If you are using webmail (like Hotmail or Gmail) use the webmail service’s printing icon (Hotmail) or print link (Gmail), rather than printing the web page.
This will help ensure the form prints neatly, which will allow for faster and more accurate processing of your entry.
If I am represented by a commercial gallery what is the commission?
You should discuss it with the director of your gallery and tell them that the commission is split 50/50 between Mosman Art Gallery and your gallery and it is based on a 40% commission i.e. 20% to Mosman Art Gallery and 20% to your gallery.
I can’t make it in on Monday 14 July, can I bring it in Friday 11, Saturday 12, Sunday 13 June or Tuesday 15 July?
No, every artwork must arrive on Monday 14 July with 2 printed copies of the email confirmation in order to be processed ready for judging. You can get a courier to deliver or a friend or family member. Our hours are 8am to 7pm on the Monday for delivery. Payment of $50 (incl. GST) must be made on the day.
I have an artwork that is created using oil pastel. Can I enter it?
No – the Mosman Art Prize is for paintings created using painting media, oils, acrylics or watercolours. Your work can be mixed media however the work must be substantially painted in order to qualify.
What is a D-ring and where do I buy one?
A D-ring is a triangular or D shaped ring with a screw that is then attached to each side of the picture or canvas frame ready for us to attach a hook and wire for hanging. You can buy them at the hardware store.
2 metres2 e.g. 1 metre x 2 metres or 1.50 metres x 1.33 metres.
Not 2 metres x 2 metres which is 4 metres squared and too big.
My work has multiple parts — can I enter?
Yes as long as together the total area does not exceed the maximum size of 2m2.
Mosman Art Prize Selected Entries 2014
Collection of non-selected works:
Collection of selected works:
Collection of works by courier: