Stencil in the key of Chris Cheney

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IT wasn’t won by a Canberran this year, but let’s not be parochial — congratulations to Melbourne artist Jessica Kease, known as “23rd Key”, who has won the 2014 Stencil Art Prize with her portrait “Duality of The Living End’s front man Chris Cheney”.

“Duality of The Living End’s front man Chris Cheney”
“Duality of The Living End’s front man Chris Cheney”

Kease, aged 26, takes home the $3,000 cash prize and the winning title for the world’s largest stencil prize, the 6th in the event’s history, previously won by our own ELK and always commanding a strong line up of entries from the ACT.

Tinku from Guatemala/Mexico, Monstfur from Poland and Tiera Boo from Australia have been awarded the first ever Highly Commended titles for the Prize.

According to director Jacinta Fintan said, “23rd Key’s technical prowess and the way she captured Chris Cheney’s movement and energy were the stand out elements in her painting.”

The Exhibition features 65 finalists from 18 countries.

The 2014 judges were Eddie Zammit (T-World), Poncho Army (Stencil Artist) and Simone Sheridan (Street Art Walking).

Audiences over the weekend — it’ll be over all too soon — should expect to be astonished by stencils on everything from an electric guitar, skateboards, denim jacket (that’s from Canberra), cardboard boxes, a vintage metal oil sign, reclaimed IKEA furniture board, rusty metal plates, paper, board and traditional canvas.

Stencil Art Prize Exhibition, until Sunday October 19 at aMBUSH Gallery, 4 James St Waterloo in Sydney.

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