Maryanne Coutts and Terry Matassoni Finalists in The 2022 Paul Guest Prize

In News June 27, 2022

Above image: Terry Matassoni  Lockdown  2021-22  pencil on paper  76 x 102 cm



Congratulations to Maryanne Coutts and Terry Matassoni who have been selected as finalists in the 2022 Paul Guest Prize.


The Paul Guest Prize is an award and exhibition held biennially that highlights contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, The Honorable Paul Guest OAM QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing in contemporary art practice.  The Prize is a non-acquisitive cash award of $15,000.

‘My abiding and passionate interest in art commenced several decades ago and from those early beginnings I was introduced to contemporary art in a holistic way which ran parallel to my professional career.

I appreciate that the journey for artists is, at times, a demanding and tortuous one and I trust that in some small way I have and will continue to assist them to achieve their full potential,’

– Paul Guest OAM


Maryanne Coutts

Maryanne Coutts completed a PhD at the University of Ballarat in 1999 and has taught at Monash University, the Australian Catholic University and the National Art School, where she is currently Head of Drawing. Her thick, weighty gouache and water colour works depict ambiguous, dark and often unsettling landscapes and anonymous figures.

Maryanne Coutts   Dress Code, March (Rain)  2022  crayon, gouache and ink on black paper  120 x 110 cm


Terry Matassoni

Terry Matassoni completed a Diploma of Fine Art in 1980 and a postgraduate diploma in art in 1982 at the Victorian College of the Arts, and later a Master of Fine Art at Deakin University in 2001.  His work is held by the National Gallery of Victoria, VIC Heide Museum of Modern Art, VIC, The Museum of New Zealand , the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Artbank, Sydney; the Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, and several regional and university

Terry Matassoni  Lockdown  2021-22  pencil on paper  76 x 102 cm


Click here for more information about The Paul Guest Prize.


Bendigo Art Gallery

47 View Street, Bendigo, VIC

Open 10am – 5pm

6 August – 30 October 2022

Winner announced 7 August 2022