Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Peter Gardiner wins the 2011 Calleen Art Award

Congratulations to Peter Gardiner for winning the 2011 Calleen Art Award at Cowra Regional Gallery. This acquisitive prize is in its 34th year, and this year was judged by Deborah Ely, CEO of the Bundanon Trust. She had these comments about the winning work: 

"Peter Gardiner's Landscape 2010 Number VIII dips its hat to the Spanish masters Valezquez and Goya and to the traditions of landscape painting, but takes them to another place. The viewer becomes involved in a dark narrative that hints at an evolving, indecipherable, drama.  It is both frightening and contemplative. There is a strong sense of the present in its possible references to catastrophic weather and natural disasters. It is a sensational painting and will be a wonderful acquisition for the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Collection."

Peter Gardiner, Landscape VIII, oil on canvas, 210 x 180 cm

The Calleen Art Award is on at Cowra Regional Gallery until 29th May.