Winners of the 2019 ANL Maritime Art Prize have been announced at the Opening Gala event at the Mission to Seafarers Victoria as follows. The VIVA Energy People’s Choice Award will be drawn on the evening of October 18th. ($2,000)
The ANL Maritime Art Award 2019 - $15,000 Acquisitive
Maria Kontis, ‘Barely surviving and merely looking on.’ Pastel on paper.
Maria Kontis has participated in group exhibitions since 2000 in Australia and Europe and has held ten solo exhibitions. Her work is held in the UBS Art Collection, Switzerland, The University of the Arts London, National Gallery of Australia and Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Judges comment: “A deceptively humble, relaxed work with great pathos and ambition, but phrased in a unique artistic language. Using a virtuoso technique, it fulfils the brief of the prize admirably.”
ASP ‘Best Traditional Maritime Art Award’ $5,000 Acquisitive
Jenny Viney, ‘Men at Work’, Watercolour on canvas
Jenny Viney is a landscape artist working mainly in oils. She has exhibited and sold works in various shows in Victoria. Viney is inspired to portray her own personal vision of the everyday through her works.
Judges Comment: “This painting explores the intimate connection between industry and shipping, reminding the viewer that many ports around Australia are located in remote places of great natural beauty.”
Nevile & Co ‘Runners Up Award’ - $2,000
Barbara Tyson, ‘Weight of Living’ Oil on canvas
Barbara Tyson has been actively painting and exhibiting for over 30 years. She continues to educate herself on painting, studying the textures and depths of oils and embracing portraiture and still life, emphasizing the play of light. The common themes through all of her art are controlled freedom and movement, and her work has made its way into the hearts and homes of many art collectors. Tyson was the winner of the Maritime Art Award in 2016.
Judges Comment: ‘‘Weight of Living’ combines a modernist collage of nautical allusions with an inventive and almost shockingly bold composition.”
VICT Emerging Artist Award - $2,000 Acquisitive
Raj Panda, ‘Looking Back to Look Forward’, Acrylic on canvas
Raj Panda is a Sydney based self-taught emerging artist working in acrylic, gouache and ink mediums. He was born in India in 1984 and moved to Australia in 2007. He took up art as a tool to cope with depression and now art is his voice and passion. Raj has been a finalist in a number of Art Prizes over the past few years.
Exhibition open to public: October 4th – 20th at Mission to Seafarers Victoria
717 Flinders St, Docklands