KILGOUR PRIZE 2021

14 August - 31 October 2021
10am to 5pm Tue to Sun, 7 days during school holidays

Free exhibition 

Since 2006, the KILGOUR PRIZE has encouraged innovation within portrait and figurative painting. In 2021, the prize is now in its eleventh year. One of Australia’s major art prizes, the KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, and a People’s Choice of $5,000 to the painting voted most popular by the general public.

The KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 People's Choice:

Mid North Coast artist Nathan Paddison has won the KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 People's Choice Award with his colourful abstract work titled 'Flour Sail'.

A first-time entrant, Paddison only started painting four years ago. In his artist statement, Paddison describes 'Flour Sail' as a "self-portrait of harder times, the flowers representing anything I could find to make a quick buck even a droopy flower".

Nathan said it was unbelievable to win this award in such a prestigious prize and against such talented finalists, noting it was the "greatest validation" and "the biggest thing that has happened to me by far in the art world".

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Image credit: Nathan PADDISON Flour Sail 2021 acrylic, acrylic marker on canvas 204.0 x 142.0cm  Artist collection Courtesy the artist

The KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 Winner: 

West Australian artist and perennial KILGOUR PRIZE finalist Lori Pensini has celebrated a breakthrough win in the prestigious $50,000 art prize with an intimate reflection on her own family lineage.

Artist statement:

These portraits are a continuum for myself and my art practice exploring the Indigenous lineage to my ancestry. They are painted on family heirloom fine bone china English plates and are a tribute to the inter-racial relationships of my colonial fore-bearers and the First People’s of the south west of Western Australia. Each plate is unique to itself, honouring individual endeavours and fortitude. Collectively they embody the sense of ‘family’, of intimate bonds forged and the endurance of fervent relationships that defied racial vilification of the times. The deliberation of painting on fine bone china English plates represents the fragility of our bonds and cultural identity and delicately betrays the ruinous heavy hand of European colonisation both towards Indigenous peoples and the Australian landscape.

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Image: Lori PENSINI Family 2021 oil on china 78.0 x 85.0cm Artist collection Courtesy the artist

KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 FINALISTS

Lisa ADAMS
Gillian ADAMSON
Matteo BERNASCONI
Jackson BOOTH
Catherine BOREHAM
Julie-Ann BROWN
Simon BROWN
Daniel BUTTERWORTH
Emily Jayne CARROLL
John DAHLSEN
Archer DAVIES
Rachelle DUSTING
John EARLE
David FAIRBAIRN
Nick FINTAN
Christine FONTANA
Miriam FRASER
Michael LINDEMAN
Nunzio MIANO
Robert O'CONNOR
Nathan PADDISON
Lori PENSINI
Alice PULVERS
James R RANDALL
Grace Kemarre ROBINYA
Paul RYAN
Jason TOLMIE
Mick TURNER
Mark TWEEDIE

About the KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 

The KILGOUR PRIZE 2021 was judged by â€‹Lauretta Morton, Director Newcastle Art Gallery, Adam Porter, Head of Curatorial, Campbelltown Arts Centre and David Trout, Visual Artist, Head Teacher Fine Art, Newcastle Art School. 

Prices

  • Exhibition entry FREE

Contact

Venue

Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill
2300