Lethbridge Landscape Prize
Exhibition showing 29 April - 9 May 2021
Artist Talk 6 May 2021
Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lethbridge-landscape-prize-artist-talk-tickets-151270473057
The inaugural Lethbridge Landscape Prize features 84 finalist artworks including painting, print media, sculpture, video and more. There is a further 150 artworks featured in the online Salon des Refusés.
Alexandra’s paintings juxtapose urban landscape within boundaries both limited and expanded by light. Each work is its own entity but comprise multiple constituent compositions with light, natural and artificial, the defining and amalgamating theme.
Daytime sees the sun dominating light and shadow, with the verandahs, awnings and landscapes of Queensland architecture responding and protecting. But at night streetlights and light switches take control. Fragmented and shaped by electricity, incongruously, nightfall can expose things lost or rendered inconspicuous in daylight. Our suburbs lately have seemed more muted while we have sheltered in our homes, but glowing windows, street lights and the neon aura of the CBD push back the dark and add their magic, revealing things uniquely and distinctively.
Drawn to the beauty of everyday rituals, Janine Dello’s new body of work, 'Inhabit', plays upon the feminine in domesticity through a series of intimate moments. Pastel coloured hues and playful narratives show these characters caught in that space between longing and contentedness.
Inspired by domestic subject matter and covetable objects, this work explores ambiguous emotions in the search for beauty, pleasure, and perfection, whether it is our self or the spaces we inhabit, whilst giving prominence to the things we crave.
Moments: A Still Life Exhibition
Featuring nationally recognised artists Tsering Hannaford (multi-Archibald prize finalist), Andrew Bonneau (works collected by the National Portrait gallery), Bronwyn Hill (Winner Clayton Utz art award and Brisbane Portrait Prize category winner) and Oliver Shepherd, 'Moments: A Still Life Exhibition' celebrates the still life genre through the painting medium.
Each artist approaches the genre with their own unique style, through varying concepts and interpretations. Some celebrate worldly goods and pleasures, while others explore the shortness and fragility of life. A striking exhibition of memento mori and vanitas.
Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award
OPENING EVENT 19 JUNE
With a first prize of $20 000 we invite all artists to enter a small scale artwork including paintings, drawings, photographs and all 2D artworks up to 61cm in height or width.
The Judging is based on three equally evaluated criteria of creativity, originality and skill.
Entries open February 2021
Pat Hall floods her stretched paper canvases with colour before sealing them in a UV stabilised and waterproof coating. The images remain vibrant and accessible without being hidden behind glass; breathing new life into the medium.
Drawing from her ancestral heritage of 8th generation grazier, botanical & animal forms are prominent and integral. The exploration of the relationship between man and his environment and the shaping of both, both constructive & ruinous is a constant thread and deliberation. In recent years her work has consolidated to explore the recently discovered aboriginal lineage to her pioneering family tree, which excitingly continues to add to the jigsaw of her being and comprehension of the form her paintings take.
Ashlee Beck's thick impasto paintings feature thick swipes of paint applied by palette knife. Her work often features large self-portraits and smaller crops inspired by their larger counterparts.
Marisa Veerman’s artworks are inspired by childhood innocence, fragility and emotion that draw the viewer inwards, making visible abstract human emotions. This vulnerability is juxtaposed against an abundant strength. Her gestural work communicates emotion to us with a raw honesty and quiet joy.
Artists represented by Lethbridge Gallery take the opportunity to explore what home means to them. Whether it be the house, the studio, a person, the mind, a suburb or a far-off place. The home is a personal space of knowing and comfort.
Scott Breton’s artworks explore the Renaissance preoccupation with the perspectival setting. Utilising geometric planes and simple forms to articulate how space interacts with in and around both figures and landscapes.
Clare's artworks contemplate themes of our place as both physical and non-physical beings in a universe of perpetual impermanence and the opportunity this presents our human experience. Calling forth memory, idea and emotion, the works express the timeless connection to family, love, soul and spirit.
Bronwyn Hill is recognized by her photo-real oil paintings that follow a narrative, exploring self-analysis and introspection that are often inspired by moments in solitude.
Bronwyn's use of light and shadow is a recurring feature to her work along with the contrast of high detail and soft layering techniques.
Lisa Christensen’s still-life works are the result of observation and contemplation of the unique banksia spike, which has contributed largely to the iconic nature of Australia’s native flora. Lisa’s paintings investigate various familiar inflorescences of our local environment including the gum blossom and the suburban garden staple (though not native) poinsettia flower.
Bronwyn Searle's artworks reflect her passion for capturing the light, and are influenced by her depth of experience in illustrative techniques. Bronwyn enjoys the challenge of taking ordinary, everyday scenes and interpreting them in her own inimitable and widely recognised style. Working in oils on canvas, she loves to explore the technique of chiaroscuro.
Jodie Wells has exhibited extensively around Australia since 2007, including over 15 solo exhibitions. Her work has been selected as a finalist in many of Australia’s top art prizes, including the Tattersalls Art Prize, Glover Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize amongst many others. Jodie’s paintings are held in the Gold Coast Regional Art Gallery collection, as well as in private collections around Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai and Europe.