Art / ‘Force Of Nature’, Catherine Woo and ‘The Sea And The Folded Cloth’, Thornton Walker. Beaver Galleries. 18 October – 4 November. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.
The awards, which are supported by Barton Estate, the family owned producer of premium cool climate Canberra District wines, was open to all artists (except undergraduate students) in all media, with no theme stipulated and to be presented in A3 format.Judges Nancy Sever, David Broker and Meg Buchanan chose Hagerty’s marker, gouache and resin on paper work, “Plane Girl”, for the first prize of $4000. The work depicts the “womanplane”, an uneasy mix of female pilot and bomber plane.
Walsh’s graphite on paper artwork “Gathering X” won the second prize of $1000. Taken from a recent group of drawings, which investigate graphic mark-making and pencil point signatures, Walsh’s work explores “the mutability of edges, textured tonal transitions, and the visual tussle between defined and dissolved boundaries”.
2018 Barton Estate Drawing Prize and exhibition, at Strathnairn’s Woolshed Gallery, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt. Open to the public Thursday to Sunday, until August 12.