Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize
of the 2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize were announced today 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.
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.
The exhibition is being held at the National Art School, corner of Forbes and Barton Streets, Darlinghurst until 15 May. Opening hours are 11 am to 5 pm daily except Sundays.
For more information please contact David Day on 9968 9858.
Vernon Ah Kee 'Lex Wotton' (2013)