Janet Luxton and Sarah Tomasetti – The King’s School Art Prize

In News March 19, 2021

Image above: Janet Luxton  Eye contact  2021  oil on linen canvas  125 x 165 cm

Congratulations to Janet Luxton and and Sarah Tomasetti who have been announced as finalists in The King’s School Art Prize.

The King’s School Art Prize has been awarded to some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. The $20,000 acquisitive award is presented to the artist judged the best contemporary artwork, created by an artist resident in Australia. Entry is by invitation only, and the finalists are selected by an appointed Art Prize panel. This year’s guest judge is Kon Gouriotis OAM, Editor of Artist Profile Magazine.

The winner will be announced on Friday 30 April, 2021. The full exhibition of finalists will take place on Saturday, 1 May from 10am – 4pm. For more information, click here.

Janet Luxton, Eye contact

In recent years, my paintings have attempted to portray the individuality and beautiful diversity of the birds and animals caught up in our increasingly turbulent times.
My bird studies are generally larger than life size, so the viewer is compelled to see the subject on an equal footing. All life is truly unique and deserves our unreserved respect and support. I hope my efforts might encourage others to participate energetically in urgent conservation work.
We must dramatically expand our appreciation of the natural world and its existential necessity in the next few decades or life as we know it could degrade so much the future will be completely unrecognisable to this generation.‘ – Janet Luxton, 2021

Sarah Tomasetti, On the Lord Curzon trail

In 2019 I had an opportunity to tread the old stone paths that begin the original Lord Curzon trail at the base of the Himalayas in Northern India. This range is seen with the evening light glowing red on the rockface as storm clouds gather in the distance. The crazing that descends through the darkening sky emerges in the limestone and marble dust substrate, made first on the fresco wall and later lifted and mounted on canvas by means of a muslin layer. The play of underlying cracks and painted peaks rising to meet them, alludes to the fragility and endurance of human presence in these ancient landscapes, topographies altered and co-formed with the movement of peoples over centuries of traverse, survival and ritual.’ – Sarah Tomasetti, 2019

Image above: Sarah Tomasetti  On the Lord Curzon trail  2020  oil on fresco plaster  30 x 90 cm