Prudence Flint has won the 2016 Len Fox Painting Award, for her work Wash (2015). This prize is significant, and one of the richest painting prizes in Australia.
The Len Fox Painting Award is a $50,000 acquisitive award initiated and generously funded by Len Fox (1905-2004). This prestigious award commemorates the life and work of his uncle, the influential Australian born painter, Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915). Known for his plein air, impressionist style, Fox’s paintings are characterized by vibrantly coloured landscapes and scenes of everyday life. The 2016 Len Fox Painting Award is an exciting opportunity for artists to interpret these qualities in a contemporary context. Forty-three contemporary artists were shortlisted in the 2016 Len Fox Painting Award Exhibition, from 170 entries. The 2016 judge was Dr Rex Butler (art historian, writer and Professor, Art History & Theory, at Monash University).
Director of the Castlemaine Art Museum, Jennifer Kalionis commented,
‘In selecting Prudence Flint as the winner of this acquisitive prize, the 2016 judge Dr Rex Butler has awarded a contemporary Australian artist a generous $50,000 prize and benefitted the Castlemaine Art Museum by adding this work to its collection. In his opening speech, Dr Butler drew favourable comparisons between the winning work, and E. Phillips Fox’s Bathing Hour (1909) which hangs in our Whitchell gallery’.
Melbourne based Flint has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Hobart. She was awarded Highly Commended in the 2014 Sunshine Coast Art Prize and the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award, which she won in 2010. She won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2004. She has been a finalist in numerous prize shows including; Archibald Portrait Prize, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Salon des Refuses, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, R & M McGivern Prize, Darebin-La Trobe Acquisitive Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Prize, National Works on Paper, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Rick Amor Drawing Prize and Paul Guest Prize. Her work is held in the collections of City of Port Phillip, Artbank, BHB Billiton, Gold Coast City Collection, University of Wollongong and numerous private collections in Australia and New Zealand. Flint is represented by Australian Galleries in Melbourne and Sydney and Bett Gallery in Hobart.
On Sunday 30 October 2016 at 2pm, 2016 Len Fox Painting Award winner Prudence Flint will discuss her work ‘Wash’ (2015) and her art practice more broadly, in an artist talk at Castlemaine Art Museum, 14 Lyttleton Street Castlemaine VIC.
Further information can be obtained from the website: www.castlemainegallery.com
Text and image of the artist courtesy of Castlemaine Art Museum and Prudence Flint.