Eight Illawarra artist, including a few from the Northern Illawarra are among the 55 national finalists in the running for this year’s prestigious Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA).
To be announced on Friday, November 8 during a gala launch at Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, the award has drawn entries from across Australia.
EMSLA Director Dr Leigh Summers praised the calibre of entries received this year, saying the finalists reflect the breadth of contemporary still life art.
“The scope of the artworks we received was extraordinary and indicates the strength of Australia’s art scene,” she said. “Our finalists have produced an incredible array of still life artworks that draw on both traditional roots and modernistic interpretations of the genre.
“Still Life art has experienced a resurgence in recent years and this competition has been leading the way since it was founded in 2006. It is inspiring to see so many newcomers entering the competition along with more well established artists.”
This year’s EMSLA competition will be judged by Jane Watters, the distinguished long-time director of SH Ervin Gallery housed in the historic National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill, The Rocks in Sydney.
Ms Watters has vast experience both curating and judging exhibitions, managing touring exhibitions, developing educational and public programs and caring for a collection of art works, objects and books.
EMSLA was founded in 2006 by Dr Mal Eutick and has been based in Wollongong since 2017. The EMSLA exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday, November 8 and runs to Sunday, December 1 2019 at Project Contemporary Artspace.
The local finalists are Lisa Fahey, John Bokor, Ahn Nguyen, Ken Finlayson, Arthur Apanski, Gail Wistow, Leanne Harrison-Davies and Craig Handley.