A Fine Romance - Gippsland Regional Gallery

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I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this new museum exhibition. Quality conceptual realism has been something of a phenomenon in Australia, remarkable for a number of reasons: firstly the quality of the paintings by all the artists have been extraordinary, and the fact that thought-provoking painting has re-emerged again after years of being “unfashionable” with curators.

While recognised by the commercial galleries, this is the first museum show what moves towards recognising this phenomenon. A Fine Romance' is an exhibition about beauty and deceit. Featuring hyper-real paintings and sculptures by a range of contemporary artists, it is as seductive as it is awe-inspiring.

Drawing on the Gallery’s collection, together with dazzling artworks sourced from behind the closed doors of private collectors, A Fine Romance is an experience not to be missed!

The line-up represents a who’s-who of Australian realism, including Natasha Bieniek, Robin Eley, Louise Feneley, Juan Ford, Sam Jinks, Sam Leach, Matt Martin, Shannon Smiley, Heidi Yardley, and Michael Zavros.

Exhibition is on st the Gippsland Art Gallery, 70 Foster Street, Sale 2850
And it opens 8 December 2018 and ends 17 February 2019

Fisher's Ghost Art Prize

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The painting The Rules Of Engagement has been selected as a finalist for Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize.

Past winners include some of Australia’s most respected Contemporary artists including Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella and Philip Wolfhagen.

Its on at the Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown, NSW 2560
And is showing daily Saturday 3 November – Thursday 13 December 2018

EMSLA

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The painting The Bare Necessities has been selected as a finalist for this year’s Eutick memorial Still Life Award.
EMSLA celebrates excellence in still life painting and welcomes the influences of impressionism, abstraction, realism and hyperrealism (indeed all the isms) in all their permutations

Exhibition is on at Project Contemporary Art Space, 255 Keira St, Wollongong NSW 2500 and runs from Friday 9th November to December 1st 2018 at

Mosman Art Prize

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The painting Utmost Respect has been selected as a finalist for this year’s Mosman Art Prize.
It will be on display at the Mosman Art gallery From the 26 September to 18 November.

The Kennedy Art Prize

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The painting Acceptance and Hope has been selected by the jurors as a finalist submitted work has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Kennedy Prize.

The exhibition is at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts
Level One, corner North Terrace & Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA
and it runs from Friday, 7 September to Saturday, 23 September

North Sydney Art Prize

I'm honoured to be selected as one of the finalists in the North Sydney Art Prize 2017, with the painting The Clarity of Hindsight. 

Its on from 11-26 March 2017 at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton NSW

The Opening and award ceremony is at 2pm on Saturday 11 March and there is a public program of artist talks and workshops on Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March

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Bluethumb Art prize

Perhaps my favourite paintings of the whole Monumental Nobodies series, Home of the Free, has been selected as one of the 30 finalists in the $10,000 Bluethumb Art Prize. It will be exhibited at No Vacancy Gallery at 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne from 20 January - 29 January 

With 1140 artists submitting exclusive originals, this new prize is bigger than the Archibald. The exhibition was selected by an eclectic judging panel of 12 industry experts, including Penny Griggs, General Manager of SALA (South Australian Living Artists Festival); June Mills, Indigenous music star, visual artist and traditional owner of Larrakia land; and qualified art curator (and Real Housewives of Melbourne star) Gina Liano.

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Fishers Ghost Art Prize

The painting The Last Lap has been selected as a finalist for the $20,000 2016 Fishers Ghost Art Prize. 

Previous recipients of the prize include Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella and Philip Wolfhagen. 

This will be the first time this picture has been exhibited in New South Wales, where I most regularly show. So if you are interested to see it in person, make your way to the Campbelltown Arts Centre from 29 October until 15 December.