2015 Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints - RESULTS/IMAGES
The winner of the 2015 Silk Cut Award Grand Prize is Cairns artist Daniel O’Shane, with his impressive print Aib Ene Zogo Ni Pat (Story of Aib and the Sacred Waterhole), 2015.
The winner of the Grand Prize (Acquisitive) of the 2015 Silk Cut Award was announced at the official opening in Glen Eira City Council’s Gallery on Friday 4th of September by Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator, Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Victoria. The Open, Tertiary and Student section purchase prizes were also announced.
The 2015 Silk Cut Award winner can choose between an artistically-based trip to Amsterdam valued at $10,000 including return air fares, 10 days’ accommodation, organised tours and activities and $1,000 spending money OR a monetary prize of $8,000.
Grand Prize Winner (Aquisitive)
Aib Ene Zogo, 2015
Linocut, printed in relief, with hand wiping and applied watercolour, 100 x 190 cm
judges' comments: “This powerful work immediately impressed the three judges. The story of Aib and the sacred waterhole, told through the artist’s relief linocut with carefully considered hand wiping and applied watercolour demonstrates a high level of technical competency. O’Shane’s personal history and connection with land is explored through his totem animals and bird. Gestural and compelling, this print was a clear stand out in a strong line up – all the more remarkable for an artist who is at the beginning of his artistic career.”
The Open Section acquisition prizes were awarded to artist’s Annette Cook and Rew Hanks. The winning works will form part of the ongoing gift by the Silk Cut Foundation to the National Gallery of Australia.
Tufts collected, 2014.
Linocut and stencil on paper, 54 x 532 cm.
judges' comments: “Annette Cook’s horizontally elongated linocut and stencil on paper is imbued with a number of striking elements. A green expanse is carefully intersected with exquisitely detailed tufts providing a record of her exacting study and interpretation of natural materials and forms. The interplay of design, printmaking and mark making ensures the work is an harmonious whole that has been carefully crafted and developed.”
The Captain and his Bunnies, 2015.
Linocut, 104 x 76 cm
judges' comments: “This powerful work clearly demonstrates the artists mastery of the medium. The artists reveals the possibilities of the medium in creating works of immense complexity, movement and tone. The work is wonderfully composed and the juxtaposition of light spaces against darks reveals the artist’s control, dexterity and understanding of the medium. The work is endlessly surprising, with the viewer easily creating a narrative while also finding moments of wonder in the detail.”
The Tertiary Section Acquisitive Prize of $1,000 was awarded to Karen Neal for her linocut entitled Suburban Parrots 2014. The winning work will form part of the ongoing gift by the Silk Cut Foundation to the National Gallery of Australia.
Suburban Parrots, 2014.
Linocut mural printed on plywood. 116 x 271 cm. Chilsolm TAFE, Frankston, VIC
judges' comments: “In an age of hybridity and digital technology it is rewarding the see the ongoing commitment to printmaking by not only the artists but also to the tertiary institutions which continue to teach it. While easy to classify as a traditional medium, the entries in this year’s prize, clearly show the endless possibilities of printmaking. The students should be commended for displaying a mastery of technique but also for their willingness to experimental with the medium, both as a process and how it can be presented. This prize continues to play an important role in presenting the work of the next generation of printmakers, giving the artists a platform and the audience an insight into contemporary printmaking thinking and production.”
The three Student section cash prizes of $2,500 for each school’s art department were awarded to the schools and students below.
Their linocut prints will become part of the Silk Cut Foundation Collection, gifted to the National Gallery of Australia.
Holy Trinity Primary School, NSW
GROUP WORK, Year 5 & 6
Seven Squared (detail), 2015.
Linocut 300 x 210 cm.
judges' comments: “Group Work by years 5 & 6 at Holy Trinity Primary School delighted the judges because of the unique contribution made by each student. The overall impressions were of humour and energy that can be achieved when a group of students work together.”
Mt St Michael's College, QLD
MEG JAMESON, YEAR 12
Country Errands, 2015.
Linocut, 30.5 x 30.5 cm
judges' comments: “Country Errands by Meg Jameson of Mt. St. Michael’s College was a beautifully executed graphic work. The image is well realized and shows a high level of technical proficiency.”
Sydney Road Community School, VIC
LIAM PARKER, YEAR 9
Linocut, 21 x 14.5 cm
judges' comments: “Parker by Liam Parker from Sydney Road Community School proves that small can have as much impact as large. The use of mark making and multiple blocks to achieve the coloured image showed and interesting handling of the medium.”
Highly Commended (4)
The four Highly Commended Awards (non-acquisitive) were presented to the schools below:
Billanook Primary School
ISABEL EDWARDS, Year 6
Three colour reduction linocut. 15.5 x 15cm
Homebush Boys High School, NSW
HONG TAN, Year 8
Interior with Vase, 2015.
Coloured linocut, 30 x 20 cm.
Hunting School, VIC
GROUP ARTWORK, GRADE 6
Alphabet Street, 2015.
26 linocut prints and text, dimensions variable.
Rings Road Art Studio, VIC
COLLABORATIVE WORK, YEARS 3-7. EMMA SCHLOSSER, MATTHEW NGUGEN, JADE BRAMALD, SERINA PHAM
The masterpieces, 2015.
Two colour linocut, 30 x 120 cm