Since 2006, the KILGOUR PRIZE has encouraged innovation within portrait and figurative painting. In 2020, the prize is now in its tenth year. The KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, and a People’s Choice of $5,000 to the painting voted most popular by the general public.
KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 People's Choice:
Joshua McPherson wins KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 People's Choice
Congratulations to Sydney based artist Joshua McPherson who has won the $5,000 prize for the second year running with his painting titled ‘Portrait of Meg’.
“When Meg arrived for the first session I was inspired by her youthful slightly "edgy, grunge" look contrasted with her beautiful Indian jewellery passed down from her mother,” explains artist Joshua McPherson.
“I sought to capture a young woman of today but still respectful of her family tradition and heritage,” McPherson said.
Newcastle Art Gallery Director Lauretta Morton recognised the public's decision, “McPherson’s skill as a painter is captured in the beautiful composition and vulnerable expression of his sitter. McPherson excels in portraiture that provokes an emotive response in his viewers,” she said.
KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 Winner:
About the winning artist:
Michael Bell’s career spans over 30 years. A teacher at the Newcastle Art School, Bell has been included as a finalist in exhibitions such as The Archibald Prize, The Sulman Prize and the KILGOUR PRIZE. Bell has also designed for iconic Australian brands such as Triple J and surf label Mambo Australia.
Michael Bell wins KILGOUR PRIZE 2020:
Local artist and art teacher Michael Bell has won the prestigious KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 with a whimsical double self-portrait.
Councillor Carol Duncan announced Michael Bell as the winner of the $50,000 art prize via a livestreamed announcement at Newcastle Art Gallery.
Chosen from more than 350 entries and 30 finalists from across Australia, Bell’s painting Starting The after party (Two self-portraits) 2020, depicts the artist standing in front of another self-portrait The after party, which was a finalist in the KILGOUR PRIZE 2019.
The judges Rachel Arndt, Gallery Programs and Touring Exhibitions Manager, Museums and Galleries of NSW; Stephen Gilchrist, curator and Lecturer Art History, The University of Sydney and Lauretta Morton, Director Newcastle Art Gallery, were impressed by the composition of the winning painting and details of the studio throughout – the bottle of linseed oil, the motivational quotes stuck up on the wall, the tip of the dog’s nose on the canvas to the right - a nod to some of the artist’s most well-known dog beach works.
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