Image: Rodney Pople, Goulburn War Memorial at 3:00am (2018), oil and tempera on linen, 140 x 180 cm.
Congratulations to Martin King (Winner) and Rodney Pople (finalist) in the 2019 Muswellbrook Art Prize.
In its 46th year, the Muswellbrook Art Prize is a highly regarded acquisitive prize that awards $50,000 for the main Painting Prize, $10,000 for Works on Paper Prize and $10,000 for the Ceramics Prize, and a (non-acquisitive) Peoples Choice Prize of $1,000 that is voted for during the course of the exhibition. This year’s adjudicator will be Natalie Wilson, Curator of Australian & Pacific Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Winners will be announced at the opening night event
6pm Saturday 9 March
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Corner Bridge and William Streets,
Muswellbrook NSW 2333
The exhibition will run from 10 March – 5 May 2019.
To view the complete list of finalists click here.
Rodney Pople is an interdisciplinary artist that works across various mediums such as painting, photography and sculpture. He completed a Diploma of Fine Arts majoring in Photography from the Tasmanian School of Art in 1974 and later studied sculpture at the Slade School of Art in London in 1978 and the New York Studio School in 1979. Pople has exhibited regularly in Australia for over 30 years and has held solo exhibitions overseas in Berlin and Shanghai. He is a multi-award winning artist who has received the 2016 Paddington Art Prize, the 2012 Glover Prize, 2014 Fishers Ghost Prize, 2009 NSW Parliament Art Prize and 2008 Sulman Prize. He was recently a finalist in the 65th Blake Prize and the Mosman Art Prize in 2018, and has been selected for the Archibald and Wynne Prize over 12 times since 2000. Pople’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and in 2014 his photo-based paintings were held at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne as part of a major solo exhibition. His work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Artbank, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and several regional and university galleries and internationally by MOMA, New York.
Martin King’s wide-ranging art practice is underpinned by an abiding interest in the Australian landscape, most visibly by making connections between land, sea and air.
King’s earlier works on paper traced the movement of rain shadows and the effect of weather patterns across undulating terrain and vast tracts of desert. His more recent works express the fragility of our relationship with nature using creatures of the sky as simple motifs that convey a paradoxical vision of the Australian landscape as both tranquil and unsettling.
Martin King’s works are held in numerous corporate collections, 17 regional gallery and university collections and four state galleries in Australia plus collections in the USA, UK and India. Martin King occupies an important place in printmaking in Australia, and is acknowledged widely as one of the leading printmakers in the country. He is also the senior printmaker at Australian Print Workshop, a position he has held since 1994.
Martin King, Recess I, 2018, watercolour oilstick on drafting film and paper, 125 x 185 cm