12 x 12 Contemporary Art Prize 2013 winners

Last week the 12×12 Contemporary Art Prize exhibition opened at the small but cosy Art Is… Gallery. The crowd was literally shoulder to shoulder to hear judge Janne Kearney, announce the winners for the prizes. Over hundred works of paintings, etchings, drawings and photographic prints, all 12×12 square, hang neatly arranged in a gridlike pattern on the gallery walls. Like any open entry show, this is inclusive exhibition of works by accomplished artists as well as art students. As the cliché goes, there really is something for everyone, and at very reasonable prices too.

The overall winner, Jacqui Oakes received $500 for her entry Neo. Janne Kearney commented: “I chose this painting as the winner of the 12 x 12 because of its complex simplicity; it’s simple in its composition yet has strong diagonals, forging a well-built triangulated and imposing structure. This in turn produces a dominate focal point. The subject is delightful and full of character, the application of paint is technically skillful and interesting in its use of transparent layering and textured surface. This enhanced by an unusual use of complementary colors … an overall solid and successful work of art. Great work. Congratulations Jakki.”

Jakki Oaks - Neo
Jakki Oakes, Neo. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.

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First Year Entry Prize, sponsored by Artworx, went to Joel Wolter for his oil painting Study for the Anchor. (A hint of what is to come at Joel’s exhibition at Geelong Gallery next month showing a series of his still life images and landscapes depicting found objects and scenes of the Geelong region.)

Joel Wolter - Study for the Anchor
Joel Wolter, Study for the Anchor. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.

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Robyn Sandford was awarded the new Cavalier Art Prize for Untitled Portrait.

Robyn Sandford - Untitled
Robyn Sandford, Untitled. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.

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Five artists were awarded prizes of $100 each and ten artists received the Highly Commended award. Visitors to the gallery can vote for their favourite work in the People’s Choice award sponsored by Geelong Art Supplies.

Anita Peters - Think
Annita Peters, Think. Annita won the 12×12 prize last year. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Steve Parkhill - Study of SigridSteve Parkhill, Study of Sigrid. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Gillian Turner - Cormorants
Gillian Turner, Cormorants. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Janet Cattlin - Feathertail Glider
Janet Caitlin, Feathertail. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Yvonne Paton - Winter Light
Yvonne Paton, Winterlight. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.

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Highly commended

Darren Westcombe - Audio Fade
Darren Westcombe, Audio Fade. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
David Lambourne - Ghost Gum
David Lambourne, Ghost Gum. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
George-Ann Gunn - Low Tide
George-Ann Gunn, Low Tide. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Gillian Turner - RamGillian Turner, Ram. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Jen Ford - Dog
Jennifer Ford, Dog. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Kirsten Freeburn - TiggerKirsten Freeburn, Tigger. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Margaret McKenzie AnteriorMargaret McKenzie Anterior. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Michael Hughes - Portrait 2
Michael Hughes, Portrait 2. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Rachel Blyth - Mike
Rachel Blyth, Mike. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
Tiesha Ita-Ulima - Dinner for One
Tiesha Ita-Ulima, Dinner for One. Image courtesy Art Is… Gallery.
2013 12 x 12 Contemporary Art Prize and Exhibition
Until 26 September 2013
Art Is… Gallery
Level 1, 64 Lt Malop St, Geelong.

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2 Responses to 12 x 12 Contemporary Art Prize 2013 winners

  1. Jan Synot says:

    Thanks Deirdre You have done a wonderful job of covering the 2013 12×12 art prize many thabks for your wonderful work. Jan and all at art is…

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