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