And The Winner Is...

20/10/2010 15:53
09/03/2011 15:53

There was much excitement in the gallery as the judge's final decision was revealed.

Kay Gibson and Ian Stubbs: Kay Gibson recieves 1st Prize for Signature South West 2010 for Ian StubbsKay Gibson and Ian Stubbs: Kay Gibson recieves 1st Prize for Signature South West 2010 for Ian Stubbs

The following is her report:

 

SIGNATURE SOUTH WEST 2010 JUDGES REPORT

 

General Comments

The 2010 Signature South West exhibition provides fascinating insights into the breadth and depth of artistic talent in this region. Seen as a whole, this year’s show offers its audience a highly enjoyable articulation of the character and identity of the South West – the chosen theme for 2010.

 

For open exhibition events of this kind, a carefully considered theme brings a valuable context to the gallery space and strengthens the overall viewing experience for its visitors. Artists too, often appreciate and indeed benefit from being given a theme to work around as it invariably provides a focus to their creative thought processes while still providing sufficient scope for individualised expression.

 Judge Catherine Czerw, Ian Stubbs and Ray MacMillanJudge Catherine Czerw, Ian Stubbs and Ray MacMillan

The results on display in this year’s Signature South West clearly speak to local residents and visitors alike. Each and every participating artist has thoughtfully applied themselves to the theme, drilling down into their own layers of knowledge, experience, memory and imagination to reveal what they understand of this place’s character and identity. Many interpretations are personal, even rather private, while others speak of the type of natural beauty and social charm that hold universal appeal. Strongly evident also is an appreciation and pride of the unique people, places and events that have shaped this community, either in the past or in the present.

                                                                                           

Congratulations to the Shire of Busselton and all the sponsors for supporting the Signature South West, to all the artists who actually make it happen and to the community at large for acknowledging, appreciating and celebrating the creative spirit around you

 

 

Highly Commended (sponsored by Bay Signs): Joanna Taylor, Secret Men’s Business

Secret Men's Business by Joanna Taylor: Highly Commended sponsored by Bay SignsSecret Men's Business by Joanna Taylor: Highly Commended sponsored by Bay Signs

This artist has captured the energy, colour, vibrancy and humour of Busselton’s jetty life, not only in her choice of subject matter but in her considered composition and technique. While it is not rare for painting to be used as a vehicle for describing characters in an illustrative style, successful results are less commonly encountered. This painting succeeds where others might have easily faltered by allowing Busselton’s sweeping vista of land, sea and sky to share centre stage with the lively atmosphere of the jetty and idiosyncratic personalities that can reliably be encountered there.

 

 

Highly Commended (sponsored by Precision Print): Laurie Posa, 42 Queen Street

42 Queen Street: a portrait by Laurie Posa: Highly Commended sponsored by Precision Print42 Queen Street: a portrait by Laurie Posa: Highly Commended sponsored by Precision Print

The confidence and proficiency of this artist’s technical skills are clearly evident in this painting and applied to strong effect. His close observation and carefully planned treatment of this iconic Busselton shop front is akin to portraiture; the building’s architectural features have are been closely observed while at once revealing something of its character. Aspects of Busselton life, both past and present, have been creatively integrated into the painting’s composition, holding more for the viewer than immediately meets the eye.

 

 

Most Promising Local Artist Award (sponsored by Busselton Toyota): Steve Vigors, Ever Changing

Ever changing by Steve Vigors: Most Promising Local Artist sponsored by Busselton ToyotaEver changing by Steve Vigors: Most Promising Local Artist sponsored by Busselton Toyota

 

In choosing any well known landmark as their subject, an artist allows the audience an immediate point of recognition for their work. However, unless the artist brings something fresh and original to the artwork, a viewer’s familiarity with the subject may prevent a deeper appreciation of their work. This artwork holds all the pleasures of the pastel medium when used adroitly: bold colour, spontaneous mark marking and strong textural effects. A low perspective draws the viewer to the jetty but first we must travel up and over the prominently positioned boulders, whose solid mass, colour, shape and surface challenge a more conventional reading of this familiar scene.

 

 

3rd Prize – Non Acquisitive: Chris Williamson, Camarri’s Barn

Camarris Barn by Chris Williamson: 3rd Prize - Non Acquisitive. Sponsored by the Shire of BusseltonCamarris Barn by Chris Williamson: 3rd Prize - Non Acquisitive. Sponsored by the Shire of Busselton

Ian Stubbs and Chris Williamson: Ian Stubbs presents 3rd prize to Chris Williamson for "Camarri's Barn"Ian Stubbs and Chris Williamson: Ian Stubbs presents 3rd prize to Chris Williamson for "Camarri's Barn"

Technique, composition and subject matter are brought together seamlessly in this work. The artist has applied his paint meticulously, achieving a consistently fine paint surface that unifies the two dominating personalities that form the composition – the barn and its owner. Each has been afforded the same close attention to detail and care; both vie for the viewer’s attention and almost seem to jostle for position in the shallow picture space. Together they evoke the passage of time: the hours executed by the artist, the passing of history and a life spent on the land, and the ravages of time and the South West seasons, all of which have shaped their final appearance.

 

 

2nd Prize – Non Acquisitive: Mary Lynne Stratton, Moments and Memories

Moments and Memories by Mary-Lynne Stratton: 2nd Prize (non acquisitive) sponsored by Shire of BusseltonMoments and Memories by Mary-Lynne Stratton: 2nd Prize (non acquisitive) sponsored by Shire of Busselton

Mary-Lynne Stratton receives 2nd prizeMary-Lynne Stratton receives 2nd prize

Like other examples of interesting art of any particular style or period, this painting invites the viewer to contemplate more than idea at one and the same time. Like a prism through which we sense the world, this work fractures our visual reality into layers of simultaneous experiences. The artist’s masterfully renders a conventional visual phenomenon – the fleeting effect of light and atmosphere where sea meets sky, captured in a frozen moment. Alongside and in powerful juxtaposition, the same subject is rendered in a dematerialised, abstract style. It is the same scene but captured as it appear as mere remembrance, yet still remaining in the mind’s eye long after the moment has past.

 

 

1st Prize – Acquisitive: Kay Gibson, Habitat

Habitat by Kay Gibson: Kay's work has been added to the Shire of Busselton Art CollectionHabitat by Kay Gibson: Kay's work has been added to the Shire of Busselton Art Collection

 

The three panels of this artwork are at once complex and subtle in style, technique and aesthetic. The artist has executed this work with great thought, imagination, sensitivity and respect for both her materials and subject matter. The birds, revealed in various but complementary arrangements across the triptych, are painted in delicate balance with their wetland environment. They are evocative in their beautifully articulated line and form, yet the artist’s use of layered, transitory paint effects imbue the scene with an ominous sense of danger that recalls the precarious state of habitats across our planet.