We are delighted to announce Ross Laurie was awarded the $15,000 Acquisitive King's School Art Prize, which was judged by Glenn Barkley, Curator at the MCA, Sydney.
Some of the other invited finalists included Idris Murphy, John R. Walker, Brett McMahon and indigenous artists Eileen Napaltjarri and Gladdy Kenmarre.
The art prize was established in 1994, and previous winners include Aida Tomescu, John Olsen, Nicholas Harding, Ben Quilty and Gloria Petyarre.
When announcing the award last night, Glenn Barkley quoted from the late great Nick Waterlow OAM:
'There is something magical at the core of Ross Laurie’s art. That his work relates intimately to the landscape around Walcha, indeed is inspired by it, we know. Yet it is the language he has developed to express a special place that elicits a unique understanding of this natural order in all its guises.
'His art hovers between the visible world and the unseen rhythms of a land that only deep acquaintance and affection can capture. The strength and vibrancy of his use and choice of colour, and his creation of the contours and complex interweaving of undulating terrain, with the presence of tree, shrub and other forms, punctuate the picture plane to produce dynamic, earthily constructed and felicitously choreographed images that I believe are of lasting significance.'
Ross will be exhibiting a new series of work at the Damien Minton Gallery, commencing Wednesday 20th October, 2010.
Ram's Gully - Butt Up
Oil on canvas
1370mm x 1520mm