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Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

The winners of the 2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize were announced in April with respected Australian Indigenous artist Vernon Ah Kee awarded the established artist prize for his charcoal drawing on canvas entitled Lex Wotton 2013. Emerging Western-Sydney based artist Tom Polo was awarded the emerging artist prize for his site-specific installation entitled Heads are turning/Swimming in the muck/The future of honesty 2014.

Established artist award sponsor Konica Minolta awarded the prize of $25,000 to Vernon Ah Kee and emerging artist award sponsor Allens awarded $10,000 to Tom Polo at an opening event held at the National Art School Gallery in Sydney’s Darlinghurst on Thursday 10th April 2014. Both of the winning artworks are acquired into the permanent collection of Redlands School, in accordance with the Prize tradition.

National Art School curator Judith Blackall, one of the judges of the established artist award, said: “The overall standard is very high, and it was a difficult choice. Both judges were unanimous in their choice of Vernon Ah Kee’s powerful portrait of Palm Island man Lex Wotton as the overall winner of the Prize.”

Ms Blackall continued: “Vernon’s masterful drawing technique of charcoal and acrylic paint on canvas goes from strength to strength.  This portrait is particularly powerful as it shows Lex Wotton – who the artist knows well as he is married to Vernon’s cousin – in profile, with an intense gaze. Importantly, the story behind the portrait is of great significance, both personally for the artist and politically for Australia.


For more information please contact David Day on 9968 9858.

Vernon Ah Kee 'Lex Wotton' (2013)

Vernon Ah Kee 'Lex Wotton' (2013)